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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

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

Rolf Inge Godøy

Oxford University Press

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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