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Important Notice, September 21, 2022

Readers will have noticed that JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning has lain fallow since 2018. JMM first appeared online in 2003. Video and audio files were increasingly becoming inaccessible due to the ongoing obsolescence of embedded players for audio and video content. These problems had become so widespread throughout JMM by 2018 that a major overhaul of the journal was necessary. At this time it also became evident that the long-term online existence of JMM needed to be ensured.

In order to resolve these issues, for some time now JMM has been undergoing a transition to the Open Journal System site ( hosted by the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen. This moving process has proven to be extremely labor intensive, since hundreds and hundreds of files have had to be reformatted and moved manually given the need to adapt to's content management system. In its new home at, we will strive to recreate the look and feel of JMM as far as possible. At multimedia material will be presented in such a fashion that it will not be compromised due to the vagaries of the internet as time go by. In addition, JMM will have a permanent stable home at

Within the coming months we will make the final transition to and plan to relaunch JMM. Until that time we ask for continued patience on the part of our readers.

Cynthia M. Grund,  Editor-in-Chief

Michael Aktor, Editor and Webmaster


Previous welcome notice:

Welcome to a new version of JMM!

About the New Structure

In order to facilitate a smoother editing and publishing process, JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning has adopted a blog structure - or, rather, a structure of blogs: Each new issue will constitute a blog of its own, such that JMM vol.x will have the URL New issues are announced on this page (

The New Forum

Forum Posted on Dec 17, 2010 21:59:11

The new forum can be found here.

If you are a former user of the old forum, you will need to enroll again. Write to to request an invitation to join the new forum.

Important note: username and password for will not grant you access for other subdomains such as, etc. The login option on these pages is for Editorial Staff only.

If you want to post a comment on an article, post it under the commentary category in the forum, and we will make sure to make a quick link to your comment right under the blog entry regarding the article in question.

The Old Forum

Forum Posted on Dec 17, 2010 21:52:49

The old forum can still be seen here. We do, however, encourage you to use the new forum for future posts. See the post headlined “The New Forum” for more information.

Editorial Staff

About JMM Posted on Dec 17, 2010 21:49:10

Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor, fil.dr. Cynthia M. Grund, Institute for Philosophy, Education and the Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark at Odense, Denmark;

Managing Editor and Main Webmaster, Associate Professor in Problem Based Learning and Engineering Education, PhD Søren R. Frimodt-Møller, Department of Planning, Aalborg University Esbjerg, Denmark;

Managing Editor and Book Review Editor, Jens Eichler Lorenzen, Institute of Literature, Media and Culture Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark;

Forum Moderator, Søren Arani Mortensen, Institute for Philosophy, Education and the Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark at Odense, Denmark;

Forum Moderator, Daniel Frandsen, Institute for Philosophy, Education and the Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark at Odense, Denmark;

Associate Editor, Professor of Music (from mid-2011), PhD David Hebert, Grieg Academy, Bergen University College, Norway.

Associate Editor, Lecturer in Music, PhD Nicholas McKay, Head of Music, Department of Music, School of Humanities, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK;

Write the editorial staff at


Original Managing Editor: PhD fellow, M.Sc. Kasper Eskelund, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen.

Original Recent Publications and Book Review Editor, PhD Jens Hjortkjær, Postdoctoral Researcher at Oticon Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark;

Graphic design of the original website by Kasper Eskelund and Jens Hjortkjær.

Original Web Production / Webmaster Mikael Aktor;

Associate Editor, Lecturer in Music, PhD, Edward Venn, Music Department, University of Leeds, UK.

New Guidelines for Submission

Guidelines for Submission Posted on Dec 15, 2010 19:30:53

Articles, essays and research reports must be sent to

If you want to review a book for us, please contact us first at before sending us anything.

As opposed to the original format of JMM, the new blog-based issues will only feature articles in pdf-format. From JMM10 and onwards, we are making the entire formatting of a paper the full responsibility of the author(s). Should your material be accepted for publication, it will be your responsibility to ensure that the finished, (possibly) revised article is camera-ready.

When you submit material for JMM, you must

1) Send two versions: One as a Microsoft Word document (or compatible format) facilitating easy proofreading, and one as a pdf-document, including all figures and illustrations, and, if possible, any audio or video examples you may utilize. Should you have problems integrating audio and video in your pdf-document, we will be able to help you with this, if you send us the relevant files separately.

If you are submitting a paper for peer-review, please anonymize both versions of your document, such that the identities of yourself and your co-authors (if any) are not stated anywhere.

2) Adhere to the general style of JMM‘s articles. See a sample paper here: pdf-version Microsoft Word version

3) Write in English of a publishable quality. For non-native speakers of English, we require that submitted articles (whether for peer-review or intended for our essay or research report sections) have been proofread by a native speaker of English with familiarity of academic discourse. Except for material written by U.K. residents, we only accept texts that follow APA formatting.

4) Include a short abstract (approx. 1500 characters) for use in the blog post regarding your article. You must also include a short biographical note on the author(s), not exceeding 1000 characters per author. The former requirement does not apply to book reviews.

Papers submitted for peer-review will be evaluated by two anonymous referees either from our Editorial Board or from other researchers in our network.

Editorial Profile

About JMM Posted on Dec 15, 2010 18:14:32

JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning is an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal for multidisciplinary research on music and meaning. The editorial profile of JMM accommodates an inclusive plurality of methods and disciplines and welcomes contributions from a variety of fields, such as: philosophy, mathematics, physics, musicology, medicine, acoustics, neurology, theology, literary studies, philosophy of science, music pedagogy, computer science, semiotics, sociology, linguistics, religious studies, anthropology, psychology, biology, education studies, music therapy, culture studies, etc. JMM aims to bridge the gap between various studies in meaning and signification and areas of research in music. JMM especially encourages any multidisciplinary research on meaning that is able to challenge conceptions of music, or research that explores the notion of meaning by the study of musical phenomena.

Papers submitted for peer-review are refereed anonymously in a double-blind manner by members of our Editorial Board as well as other researchers recommended to us by our Associate Editors. The Editorial Board is composed of members whose areas of expertise reflects the journal’s multidisciplinary editorial profile.

Up until and including JMM8, JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning was formally published semiannually. In the present, blog-based format of the journal, commenced with JMM9, issues are released one article at a time over a period corresponding to the former interval between two issues. From JMM13 and onwards, the journal has only one official volume per year, but the sizes of the volumes are at the same time expected – and intended – to be longer than previously.

JMM accepts – in addition to articles for peer-review – essays, reviews ands commentaries. Essays, reviews and commentaries are reviewed by the Editorial Staff and are published upon its approval. The JMM site furthermore provides an on-line forum for discussion of music and meaning. JMM welcomes anyone to contribute to ongoing discussions or to raise new issues in the JMM forum.

JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning is published from the Institute of Philosophy, Education and the Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark at Odense, Denmark.

JMM is graciously funded by the The Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (Det Frie Forskningsråd | Kultur og Kommunikation).

JMM8, Winter 2009

Issues Posted on Dec 15, 2010 17:53:37

Table of Contents:


Peer-Reviewed Papers

Mariana Julieta Lopez & Sandra Pauletto, “The Design of an Audio Film: Portraying Story, Action and Interaction through Sound”

Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen, “Anticipation and Delay as Micro-Rhythm and Gesture in Hip Hop Aesthetics”

Research Reports

Soubhik Chakraborty, Rayalla Ranganayakulu, Shivee Chauhan, Sandeep Singh Solanki & Kartik Mahto, “A Statistical Analysis of Raga Ahir Bhairav”

Fredrik Søegaard & Claus Gahrn, “Soundmapping the Genes”


Edward Green, “Haydn’s Secret ‘Dodecaphonic’ Art”

Recent Publications

JMM7, Fall/Winter 2008

Issues Posted on Dec 15, 2010 17:50:43

Table of Contents:


Invited Papers

Javier Alejandro Garavaglia, “Music and Technology: What Impact Does Technology Have on the Dramaturgy of Music?”

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Per Aage Brandt, “Music and the Abstract Mind”

Runa Fanany, “The Musicality of Language: An Application of Musical Analysis to Speech and Writing”

Sara Zamir & Juliette Hassine, “Reading Liszt’s Harmonies du Soir Through the Soleil Couchant (Sunset) Theme in French Romantic Poetry”

Kenneth L. Wilson, Jason Adam Wasserman & Florin Lowndes, “Saving Society from Instrumental Rationality: A Study of Mahler and Homeless Research in the Spirit of Adorno’s Critical Musicology”

Reviews and Commentaries

Emma Gallon, Review of: Halfyard, Janet, ed., Berio’s Sequenzas

Recent Publications

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