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Investigating the cross-modal relationship between music and motion in an improvised music production context

Li, Shen (2016) Investigating the cross-modal relationship between music and motion in an improvised music production context. MMus thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

When responding to music, humans move their bodies with various motional patterns varying in speed, spatial dimensions and continuity. This cross-modal association has been widely examined by motion-induction studies; however, it is less studied in a music-production context. This research examined the transformation from the visualized motion patterns into musical characteristics of performed sounds in a creative production environment. Pianists were required to play expressively on either a single tone or a sequence of musical tones several times after watching different video stimuli. The results revealed that perceived speed in visual stimuli had an impact on performance tempo; walking distance (increasing/decreasing) from the camera influenced performance volume; and movement continuity affected performance articulation. This is consistent with previous findings on music-motion analogies. This research also revealed several potential correspondence patterns: Visualized motional height had an impact on musical articulation (higher/staccato, lower/legato), and motional speed may influence musical loudness (faster/louder, slower/softer). This research implied that expressive performance intention of pianists is associated with specific movement patterns. Keywords: cross-modal mapping, motion-music association, embodied cognition, musical production, expressive performance.

Item Type: Thesis (MMus)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Music (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Shen Li
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 16:00
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/13498

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