Title: Perspectives on gesture from music informatics, performance and aesthetics

Authors: Kristoffer Jensen; Søren R. Frimodt-Møller; Cynthia M. Grund

Addresses: AD:MT, Aalborg University Esbjerg, Niels Bohrsvej 8, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark ' AD:MT, Aalborg University Esbjerg, Niels Bohrsvej 8, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark ' Institut for Kulturvidenskaber, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark

Abstract: This article chronicles the research of the Nordic Network of Music Informatics, Performance and Aesthetics (NNIMIPA), and shows how the milieux bridge the gap between the disciplines involved. As examples, three projects within NNIMIPA involving performance interaction examine the role of audio and gestures in emotional musical expression using motion capture, the visual and auditive cues musicians provide each other in an ensemble when rehearsing, and the decision processes involved when a musician coordinates with other musicians. These projects seek to combine and compare intuitions derived from low-tech instructional music workshops that rely heavily on the use of whole-body gestures with the insights provided by high-tech studies and formal logic models of the performing musician, not only with respect to the sound, but also with regard to the movements of the performer and the mechanisms of group coordination.

Keywords: music informatics; music performance; aesthetics; philosophy; logic models; game theory; decision theory; UML; motion capture; research network; performance interaction; audio; emotional expressions; musical expression; visual cues; auditive cues; ensemble rehearsals; decision making; intuitions; whole-body gestures; performing musicians; group coordination.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2014.060940

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2014 Vol.7 No.2/3, pp.261 - 277

Received: 02 Apr 2012
Accepted: 24 Sep 2012

Published online: 08 May 2014 *

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