Categories of Gestures over Topological Categories

Guerino Mazzola, René Guitart, Jocelyn Ho, Alex Lubet, Maria Mannone, Matt Rahaim, Florian Thalmann

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We generalize the topological approach to gestures, and culminate in the construction of a gesture bicategory, which enriches the classical Yoneda embedding and could be a valid candidate for the conjectured space X in the diamond conjecture [720]; see also Section 61.12. We discuss first applications thereof for topological groups, and then more concretely gestures in modulation processes in Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata. The latter offers a first concretization of answers to Lewin’s big question from [605] concerning characteristic gestures. This research is a first step towards a replacement of Fregean functional abstraction by gestural dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

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