Groove: a Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance.pdf

Groove: a Phenomenology of Rhythmic Nuance.pdf


Written by an experienced drummer and philosopher, Groove is a vivid and exciting study of one of music's most central and relatively unexplored aspects. Tiger C. Roholt explains why grooves, which are forged in music's rhythmic nuances, remain hidden to some listeners. He argues that grooves are not graspable through the intellect nor through mere listening; rather, grooves are disclosed through our bodily engagement with music. We grasp a groove bodily by moving with music's pulsations. By invoking the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty's notion of "motor intentionality," Roholt shows that the "feel" of a groove, and the understanding of it, are two sides of a coin: to "get" a groove just is to comprehend it bodily and to feel that embodied comprehension.

Tiger C. Roholt is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Montclair State University, USA. A professional musician prior to embarking upon his academic career, Roholt earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Columbia University. His recent essays have appeared in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and Contemporary Aesthetics. He is author of Key Terms in Philosophy of Art (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).

Chapter 1. Musical Nuance Chapter 2. Perceiving Chapter 3. The Body Chapter 4. Groove in Music


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