Seminar Series

Gestures in music performance: Examples from drumming strategies and expressive movements."

Musicians move to produce tones under very strict time-constraints. Finding an energy efficient playing technique that can be applied to various conditions with a minimum of change is something that all players strive for. In the case of percussionists and drummers this is particularly true as they perform on many different instruments with varying mechanical properties and feedback. In this talk I will present some work on different playing strategies in the performance of a simple drumming task, and also some results on how musicians' movements communicate specific expressive information to an observer.