Int. J. of Arts and Technology   »   2014 Vol.7, No.4

 

 

Title: On the detection of the level of attention in an orchestra through head movements

 

Authors: Giorgio Gnecco; Donald Glowinski; Antonio Camurri; Marcello Sanguineti

 

Addresses:
IMT - Institute for Advanced Studies, Piazza S. Ponziano 6, 55100 Lucca, Italy; DIBRIS Department, University of Genoa, Via Opera Pia, 13, 16145 Genova, Italy
NEAD - Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, Campus Biotech - Uni Dufour, Rue Général Dufour 24, 1211 Genève 4, Switzerland; DIBRIS Department, University of Genoa, Via Opera Pia, 13, 16145 Genova, Italy
DIBRIS Department, University of Genova, Via Opera Pia, 13, 16145 Genova, Italy
DIBRIS Department, University of Genova, Via Opera Pia, 13, 16145 Genova, Italy

 

Abstract: Results from a study of non-verbal social signals in an orchestra are presented. Music is chosen as an example of interactive and social activity, where non-verbal communication plays a fundamental role. The orchestra is adopted as a social group with a clear leader (the conductor) of two groups of musicians (the first and second violin sections). It is shown how a reduced set of simple movement features - head movements - can be used to measure the levels of attention of the musicians with respect to the conductor and the music stand under various conditions (different conductors/pieces/sections of the same piece).

 

Keywords: automated analysis; behavioural analysis; non-verbal behaviour; head ancillary gestures; levels of attention; orchestral behaviour; head movements; orchestras; non-verbal social signals; non-verbal communication; social groups; music conductors; musicians.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2014.066452

 

Int. J. of Arts and Technology, 2014 Vol.7, No.4, pp.316 - 338

 

Available online: 21 Dec 2014

 

 

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