The Cognitive Continuum of Electronic Music

Anıl Çamcı
Supervising team:
Prof. Frans de Ruiter (1st promotor), Richard Barrett (2nd promotor), Vincent Meelberg (co-promotor), E. Ozcan Vieira (co-promotor)
Musician type:
composer, other
cognition, composition, diegesis, electronic music, gesture, semantics
13th century music



The use of the electronic medium to compose music entails a variety of cognitive idiosyncrasies which are experienced by both the artist and the audience. Structured around this medium on both practical and conceptual levels, this study utilizes a tripartite methodology involving artistic practice, cognitive experimentation and theoretical discourse to investigate these idiosyncrasies. 

All three components of this methodology operate concurrently to address a succession of questions: How do we experience electronic music? How does electronic music operate on perceptual, cognitive and affective levels? What are the common concepts activated in the listener’s mind when listening to electronic music? Why and how are these concepts activated? In this dissertation I argue that our experience of electronic music is guided by a cognitive continuum rooted in our everyday experiences. I describe this continuum as spanning from abstract to representational based on the relationship of gestures in electronic music to events in the environment. Conducting this research has significantly expanded my comprehension of the experiential depth of electronic music. It has also affirmed my belief that we have much more to gain from the electronic medium, and that the cognitive continuum is one of its most remarkable offerings.

Related events

December 3, 2014 (11h15)

Anil Camci's PhD defense

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Anıl Çamcı publicly defended his doctoral dissertation The Cognitive Continuum of Electronic Music at Leiden University.

December 1, 2014 (13h30, 20h00)

PhD lecture Anil Camci

On Monday December 1 2014, Anil Camci gave two lectures where he presented his artistic output, together with fellow docARTES PhD candidate Juan Parra Cancino, at the Royal Conservatoire, Juliana Van Stolberglaan 1, The Hague, at 13h30, and in STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, at 20h00.