Confessions of an unrepentant timbral sonicist

Julian Dodd

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Simplifying somewhat, sonicists believe that works of music are individuated purely in terms of how they sound. For them, exact sound-alikes are identical. Stephen Davies, in his 'Musical Works and Orchestral Colour' (BJA 48 (2008), pp. 363-375) took me to task for defending a version of sonicism. In this paper I seek to explain why Davies's objections miss their mark. In the course of the discussion, I make some methodological remarks about the ontology of music. © British Society of Aesthetics 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society of Aesthetics. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-52
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Aesthetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


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