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Music performance and the mediality of the musical instrument: an Activity Theory perspective

Luc Nijs (UGent) , Micheline Lesaffre (UGent) and Marc Leman (UGent)
(2010)
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Music performance is all about the expressive communication of artistic ideas. To express these ideas to an audience, musicians depend on their musical instrument. Within the embodied music cognition paradigm the musical instrument is considered to be a multimodal technology that mediates between the performers mind (musical ideas) and physical energy (the sounding music) (Leman, 2007). But what exactly does this mediating role consists of? Is the musical instrument a mere material channel through which pre-defined meaning is transferred to the listener? Or does it play a constitutive role for the generation and communication of musical meaning?
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Nijs, Luc, Micheline Lesaffre, and Marc Leman. 2010. “Music Performance and the Mediality of the Musical Instrument: An Activity Theory Perspective.” In , ed. Jin Hyun Kim. Köln.
APA
Nijs, L., Lesaffre, M., & Leman, M. (2010). Music performance and the mediality of the musical instrument: an Activity Theory perspective. In J. H. Kim (Ed.), . Presented at the Mediality of Music Cogntion and Aisthesis (MeMCA) 2010, Köln.
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Nijs L, Lesaffre M, Leman M. Music performance and the mediality of the musical instrument: an Activity Theory perspective. In: Kim JH, editor. Köln; 2010.
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Nijs, Luc, Micheline Lesaffre, and Marc Leman. “Music Performance and the Mediality of the Musical Instrument: An Activity Theory Perspective.” Ed. Jin Hyun Kim. Köln, 2010. Print.
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  abstract     = {Music performance is all about the expressive communication of artistic ideas. To express these ideas to an audience, musicians depend on their musical instrument. Within the embodied music cognition paradigm the musical instrument is considered to be a multimodal technology that mediates between the performers mind 
(musical ideas) and physical energy (the sounding music) (Leman, 2007). But what exactly does this mediating role consists of? Is the musical instrument a mere material channel through which pre-defined meaning is transferred to the listener? Or does it play a 
constitutive role for the generation and communication of musical meaning?},
  author       = {Nijs, Luc and Lesaffre, Micheline and Leman, Marc},
  editor       = {Kim, Jin Hyun},
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  language     = {eng},
  location     = {K{\"o}ln},
  title        = {Music performance and the mediality of the musical instrument: an Activity Theory perspective},
  year         = {2010},
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