Recapitulation of the First Three Dimensions: Realities, Semiotics, Communication

Guerino Mazzola, Maria Mannone, Yan Pang, Margaret O’Brien, Nathan Torunsky

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Performers communicate content from various levels. In regards to music, this content is surmised of the score, its analysis, and its expressive meaning. The medium between a performer and their audience is through some sort of physical interface, such as a musical instrument. To produce the desired sounds, performers must execute precise gestures, using their training, knowledge of the score, and overall sensibility. This brings us to the peak of our discussion. All of the theoretical topics we’ve covered thus far can be summarily combined through gestures. There are many ways of making; thinking is a way of making. Listening is a very creative way of making, too. Gestures are another tool of creation. We say that they have a double ontology, existing inside the mental reality and also the physical reality. There is also a brain connection to the psychological reality. In this chapter we will explain how to contextualize gestures in the frame of realities, semiotics and communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

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

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  • Human Gesture
  • Musical Instrument
  • Physical Interface
  • Physical Reality
  • Psychological Reality


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