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Musicology (from Greek 'μουσική' (mousikē) for 'music' and 'λογος' (logos) for 'domain of study') is the scholarly analysis and research-based study of music.

Musicology departments traditionally belong to the humanities, although some music research is scientific in focus (psychological, sociological, acoustical, neurological, computational).

Some geographers and anthropologists have an interest in musicology so the social sciences also have an academic interest.

A scholar who participates in musical research is a musicologist.

Historical Musicology[edit]

Systemic Musicology[edit]

Sound art[edit]

is any artwork that makes use of the idea of sound,the experience or perception of sound, the physical effect of sound, or the residual traces of sonic activity as its primary material and does not fit squarely within the confines and traditions of existing artistic genres.

Sound Art Concepts and Practices Thom Holmes

Audio scholar Douglas Kahn used the term “audio art” to distinguish “sound” from audio signals that are used in art.