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Musical Gestures

Sound, Movement, and Meaning, 1st Edition

Edited by Rolf Inge Godøy, Marc Leman


320 pages

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We experience and understand the world, including music, through body movement–when we hear something, we are able to make sense of it by relating it to our body movements, or form an image in our minds of body movements. Musical Gestures is a collection of essays that explore the relationship between sound and movement. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to the fundamental issues of this subject, drawing on ideas, theories and methods from disciplines such as musicology, music perception, human movement science, cognitive psychology, and computer science.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface 1. Why study musical gestures? Marc Leman and Rolf Inge Godøy 2. Musical gestures: concepts and methods in research Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Rolf Inge Godøy, and Marc Leman 3. Gesture in performance Sofia Dahl with contributions from Frédéric Bevilacqua, Roberto Bresin, Martin Clayton, Laura Leante, Isabella Poggi, and Nicolas Rasamimanana 4: Music and Gestures: a historical introduction and survey of earlier research Albrecht Schneider 5. Gestural Affordances of Musical Sound Rolf Inge Godøy 6. Music, gesture, and the formation of embodied meaning Marc Leman 7. The Functional Role and Bio-Kinetics of Basic and Expressive gestures in Activation and Sonification Leon van Noorden Chapter 8. Gesture and Timbre Tor Halmrast, Knut Guettler, Rolf Bader, and Rolf Inge Godøy 9. Sensorimotor control of sound-producing gestures} Sylvie Gibet 10. Visual Gesture Recognition: from motion tracking to expressive gesture Antonio Camurri and Thomas B. Moeslund 11. Conductors' Gestures and Their Mapping to Sound Synthesis Gunnar Johannsen and Teresa Marrin Nakra Contributors Index

About the Editors

Rolf Inge Godøy is professor of musicology at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Marc Leman is research professor of systematic musicology at Ghent University in Belgium.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General