Performers' interpretation and expression of local melodic groupings : neural representations and evidence of embodiment

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Performers' interpretations include representations of melodic shape, resulting either in an emphasis of short melodic groupings or a stronger integration of such groupings into a phrase. Through a collection of three studies, the current project seeks to better understand if such interpretations are differentially embodied by performers, and if the similarity of local groupings within implied melodic lines affects performers' neural representations reflecting the segregation of those lines. Chapters 2-3 present studies where performers' audio and motion is recorded and analyzed while playing passages in which local grouping interpretations are made explicit (Chapter 2) or are not explicit, but where segments are manipulated in pitch to suggest either a strong or weak melodic discontinuity (Chapter 3). In Chapter 4, performers had their electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded while playing melodic motifs whose similarity between implied lines was manipulated. Overall, the findings suggest that performers' interpretation and expression of local melodic groupings is reflected in nontechnical gestures such as side-to-side body motions in violinists and up-down head motions in cellists, and that the presence of similar or dissimilar motifs is impactful in performers' neural representations of multiple implied melodic lines.


Type of resource text
Form electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
Extent 1 online resource.
Place California
Place [Stanford, California]
Publisher [Stanford University]
Copyright date 2018; ©2018
Publication date 2018; 2018
Issuance monographic
Language English


Author Huberth, Madeline
Degree supervisor Fujioka, Takako
Thesis advisor Fujioka, Takako
Thesis advisor Berger, Jonathan, 1954-
Thesis advisor Chafe, Chris
Degree committee member Berger, Jonathan, 1954-
Degree committee member Chafe, Chris
Associated with Stanford University, Department of Music.


Genre Theses
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Statement of responsibility Madeline Huberth.
Note Submitted to the Department of Music.
Thesis Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2018.
Location electronic resource

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© 2018 by Madeline Rohmann Huberth
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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