New Book: Musical Gestures: Sound, Movement, and Meaning

We are happy to announce the publication of our new book: 

Rolf Inge Godøy and Marc Leman (2009). Musical Gestures: Sound, Movement, and Meaning. New York: Routledge.

Summary: We experience and understand the world, including music, through body movement–when we hear something, we are able to make sense of it by relating it to our body movements, or form an image in our minds of body movements. Musical Gestures is a collection of essays that explore the relationship between sound and movement. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to the fundamental issues of this subject, drawing on ideas, theories and methods from disciplines such as musicology, music perception, human movement science, cognitive psychology, and computer science.

Front cover of the new book.


Editors preface

Part I: Gestures in Music

1. Why study musical gestures?
Marc Leman And Rolf Inge Godøy

2. Musical Gestures: concepts and methods in research
Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Rolf Inge Godøy, and Marc Leman

3. Gestures in performance
Sofia Dahl, Frédéric Bevilacqua, Roberto Bresin, Martin Clayton, Laura Leante, Isabella Poggi, and Nicolas Rasamimanana

4. Albrecht Schneider Music and Gestures: a historical introduction and survey of earlier research

Part II: Gestural Significations

5. Gestural affordances of musical sound
Rolf Inge Godøy

6. Music, Gesture, And The Formation Of Embodied Meaning
Marc Leman

7. The functional role and bio-kinetics of basic and expressive gestures in activation and sonification
Leon van Noorden

Part III: Gesture Generation And Control

8. Gesture and timbre
Tor Halmrast, Knut Guettler, Rolf Bader, and Rolf Inge Godøy

9. Sensorimotor control of sound-producing gestures
Sylvie Gibet

10. Visual gesture recognition: from motion tracking to expressive gesture
Antonio Camurri and Thomas B. Moeslund

11. Conductors’ gestures and their mapping to sound synthesis
Gunnar Johannsen and Teresa Marrin Nakra



Musical Gestures: Sound, Movement, and Meaning

Edited by Rolf Inge Godøy and Marc Leman
Published by Routledge
ISBN: 978-0-415-99887-1 (paperback) 978-0-415-99886-4 (hardback) 978-0-203-86341-1 (electronic)
Publication date: 18th December, 2009
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Rolf Inge Godøy is professor of musicology at the University of Oslo in Norway.
Marc Leman is research professor of systematic musicology at Ghent University in Belgium.


Tags: movement, music, book, publication By Alexander Refsum Jensenius
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