Expressive nonverbal communication in ensemble performance

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Research into music performance has always relied on and benefited from technical innovations. A major boost was given by the rise of MIDI technology allowing detailed recording of timing, dynamics and articulation in MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) instruments (generally keyboard). The increasing availability of audio analysis tools has opened possibilities to investigate performances from audio recordings paving the way for historical and contemporary databases of recordings to be analyzed with the constraint that different audio sources (e.g. different voices and instruments) cannot be separated. This reliance on technical innovations has however pigeon-holed performance analysis within two categories of academia: a computer-driven approach tackling large data sets using machine-learning techniques and a qualitative and small scale data analysis approach driven by performers and musicologists.

This Network bridges the gap across these disciplines, using digital transformation to fully integrate the approaches from the arts and sciences to provide meaningful research outcomes for theory and practice. Moreover, building on recent innovations, it will push forward the investigation of expressive communication in ensemble performance countering the existing focus on either solo performance or the ensemble.


University Studentship Topic Principal Supervisor Co-Supervisor
Leeds Movement and sonic gestures in ensemble performance and audience responses. Dr Luke Windsor
School of Music, Leeds
Professor Guy Brown
Department of Computer Science, Sheffield
Sheffield Teaching and learning of ensemble coordination Dr Renee Timmers
Department of Music, Sheffield
Dr Catherine Laws
Department of Music, York
York Achieving excellence in ensemble singing Dr Helena Daffern
Department of Electronics, York
Dr Freya Bailes
School of Music, Leeds