chapter  4
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Embodying the experience

Introduction Sense experiences form the backbone of Dewey’s theory of aesthetic experiences. Likewise, explorations of users’ sense experiences are foundational to McCarthy and Wright’s method for understanding technological experiences.1 With these theories in mind, I asked the participants questions that elucidated responses about what kinds of things they perceive through their senses while listening to their mobile music listening devices and where these perceptions seem to be located. I asked these questions in order to explore the most basic elements of the mobile music listening experience. What follows is a summary of the participants’ responses to these questions, which highlights how participants perceive and engage with their devices through their bodies (including the head) and what musical and nonmusical factors determine such engagements.