Ontmusic11. What is sonicism?
What is sonicism? Sonicism is the doctrine that equates two instances of sound sequences when they are sonically identical to be exemplars of the same musical work. A major proponent of this doctrine is Julian Dodd who has defended the view on numerous occasions. Here is how Dodd defines it:
- "Sonicism has it that work W = W* if and only if W and W* are sonically indistinguishable.
- Julian Dodd, "Sounds, Instruments, and Works of Music," in Philosophers On Music, ed. Kathleen Stock (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 23-24.