Musical Gestures

Guerino Mazzola, Alex Lubet, Yan Pang, Jordon Goebel, Christopher Rochester, Sangeeta Dey

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This theory was introduced by Guerino Mazzola and is described in detail in [96]. Here we give a summary of the theory that is relevant to the conceptualization of time. In this chapter we shall present a concise, but somehow simplified version of the mathematical theory of musical gestures. We shall restrict our discourse to gestures in topological spaces, not the more general topological categories. There are three components of this theory, which are most important for the present discussion: the definition of gestures, the construction of hypergestures with the Escher theorem, and the definition of gestural morphisms, which entails the concept of the category of gestures that is crucial for our temporal conceptualization in Chapter 11.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages31
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

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

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