Interactions in Ensemble Music Performance

Empirical and Mathematical Accounts

Authored by: Caroline Palmer , Anna Zamm

The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138657403
eBook ISBN: 9781315621364
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219736


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The ways in which musicians coordinate their sound and actions in ensemble or “joint” performance has become a focus of much interest. As a rhythmic stimulus, music has the capacity to entrain individuals, thus facilitating their social interaction and communication. Novel techniques for measurement of sound as well as movement have led to an explosion of data from performing musical ensembles. Less clear is a guiding theory to explain the resulting Big Data. Most scientific studies of music performance have focused on individual differences in solo performance; those include differences based on attention, auditory imagery, motor imagery/simulation, memory retrieval, motor fluency, and feedback monitoring. Fewer of these factors have been examined in the context of performing ensembles.

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