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Gesture in Human-Computer Interaction and Simulation

Volume 3881 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 256-267

Playing “Air Instruments”: Mimicry of Sound-Producing Gestures by Novices and Experts

  • Rolf Inge GodøyAffiliated withDepartment of Musicology, University of Oslo
  • , Egil HagaAffiliated withDepartment of Musicology, University of Oslo
  • , Alexander Refsum JenseniusAffiliated withDepartment of Musicology, University of Oslo

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Abstract

Both musicians and non-musicians can often be seen making sound-producing gestures in the air without touching any real instruments. Such “air playing” can be regarded as an expression of how people perceive and imagine music, and studying the relationships between these gestures and sound might contribute to our knowledge of how gestures help structure our experience of music.