Exploring meaning and intention in music conducting

Roger B. Dannenberg, Daniel P. Siewiorek, Noel Zahler

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Conducting is a high-level form of expressive musical communication. The possibility of human-computer interaction through a conducting-based interface to a computer performance system has attracted many computer music researchers. This study explores conducting through interviews with conductors and musicians and also through accelerometers attached to conductors during rehearsals with a (human) orchestra and chamber music group. We found that "real" conducting gestures are much more subtle than "textbook" conducting gestures made in the lab, but we observed a very high correlation between the smoothed RMS amplitudes of conductors' wrist acceleration and the ensembles' audio.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)0971319286
StatePublished - 2010
EventInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010 - New York City and Stony Brook, United States
Duration: Jun 1 2010Jun 5 2010

Publication series

NameInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010


ConferenceInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York City and Stony Brook


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