The use of gesture and character in popular music performance

Pipe, Liz (2015) The use of gesture and character in popular music performance. In: 18th Biennial IASPM Conference; Back to the Future: Popular Music and Time, 29 June - 03 July 2015, Campinas, Brazil. (Unpublished)

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The visual representation of current, live popular music performance can be considered to be more akin to many aspects of theatre than ever before – not least through the physical embodiment of the persona of the performing musician, which has significant implications on the perception of how the music is perceived by the viewing audience. With this in mind, the use of the physical self and body in communication becomes an important focal area – the areas of gesture and movement allow the performer to express the meaning of the music through ways which are non-musical. Supported by extracts of original video footage, this paper examines the implications and repercussions of the use of gesture and character, in various different guises, on live popular music performance. Findings will be presented on the ramifications of the inclusion of such visual stimuli on the actual musical content of a performance (such as the narrative meaning of the lyrics, and the pitching, tone and dynamic of musical phrases), and on how the visual representation interacts with, and impacts upon, the aural experience; including the way in which the musical and narrative content is executed and interpreted by the performing musician and audience recipients.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Performing arts
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Pipe
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2016 18:32
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:20

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