Sounded Gestures and Enacted Sounds (updated version)

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A pianist moves her arm (vertically). A percussionist moves his arm (laterally). Both produce sound (perhaps). A viewer (auditor) finds one gesture ‘musical’ or ‘expressive’, another gesture ‘theatrical’. From whence do these judgments come? Are they irrelevant to the experience of ‘music’ or an intrinsic part of it? Under what circumstances might the ‘music’ be ancillary to the gesture, rather than the reverse (as is conventional)?

These and related questions motivate ‘Sounded gestures and enacted sounds’, a practice-led project investigating the relationships between physical and sonic gesture and between embodied knowledge and musical meaning. By means of a process which moves from systematic gathering and analysis of data, through collaborative performance exploration, to composition (of gesture, not of sound) a team of three (composer, percussionist and pianist) develop an understanding of embodied gesture and musical meaning that is realized in composition and /performance, as well as in analytical and descriptive discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Jul 2011
EventPerformance Studies Network International Conference - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 201117 Jul 2011


ConferencePerformance Studies Network International Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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