Triple Special Issue of Empirical Musicology Review: Music & Shape

The Triple Special Issue on ‘Music and Shape’ in Empirical Musicology Review consists of 9 target articles and 17 commentaries, which have been developed in response to a conference held in London in July 2012 on ‘Music and Shape’.

You are invited to explore the following three broad themes:

Pedagogy and Performance ( articles on the relationship between the shape of gestures and sonic events in vocal lessons of South Indian Karnatak music; the use of musical shaping gestures in rehearsal talk by performers with different levels of hearing impairment; and what it means for professional DJs to shape a set on their turntables.

Motion Shapes ( articles discussing how motiongrams can be used to sonify the shape of human body motion; how pianists’ shapes of motion patterns embody musical structure; and how mathematical techniques can be used to quantify shapes of real-time visualizations of sound and music.

Perception and Theory ( articles on cross-cultural representations of musical shapes from the UK, Japan and Papua New Guinea; the evolutionary origins of tonality as a system for the dynamic shaping of affect; and how shaping and co-shaping of ‘forms of vitality’ in music gives rise to aesthetic experience.