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Music and Shape$
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Daniel Leech-Wilkinson and Helen M. Prior

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199351411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199351411.001.0001

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Key-postures, trajectories and sonic shapes

Key-postures, trajectories and sonic shapes

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(p.4) 1 Key-postures, trajectories and sonic shapes
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Music and Shape
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Rolf Inge Godøy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199351411.003.0002

The focus of this chapter is on how our notions of shape in music emerge from experiences of sound-producing body motion such as hitting, stroking, bowing, shaking or blowing. Sound-producing body motion is seen as organized around postures at salient moments in the music, around so-called key-postures, and as making continuous trajectories between these key-postures. It is suggested that our experiences of both making and seeing such key-postures and continuous trajectories in sound-producing body motion link the sonic and visual elements in music, meaning that body motion strongly contributes to our notions of shape in music.

Keywords:   music perception, sonic features, body motion, motor theory, shape cognition, timescales, chunking

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