Coding Instrumental Gestures. Towards a quantitative description of instrumental gestures in excitation-continuous musical instruments

TitleCoding Instrumental Gestures. Towards a quantitative description of instrumental gestures in excitation-continuous musical instruments
Publication TypeMaster Thesis
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMaestre, E.
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AbstractThe subject of this work is the exploration of methods for the characterization of instrumental gestures in music performance. More concretely, we face the case of excitation-continuous monophonic musical instruments. Instrumental gestures are understood here as the actions applied by a musician to produce the sound conveying the musical message contained in the piece or composition being performed. These actions have been measured either from the recorded audio or from physical movement measurements. After surveying some relevant research carried out in the field of instrumental gesture analysis in music performance, as well as the control techniques applied in some of state-of-the-art synthesis trends, we propose some approaches for describing quantitatively instrumental gestures as temporal contours of variables belonging to both the sound domain and the physical action domain, with the final aim of improving existing synthesis methods and opening new ways of gestural synthesis.
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