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Basic gestures as spatiotemporal reference frames for repetitive dance/music patterns in samba and charleston

Marc Leman (UGent) and Luiz Alberto Naveda (UGent)
(2010) MUSIC PERCEPTION. 28(1). p.71-91
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THE GOAL OF THE PRESENT STUDY IS TO GAIN BETTER insight into how dancers establish, through dancing, a spatiotemporal reference frame in synchrony with musical cues. With the aim of achieving this, repetitive dance patterns of samba and Charleston were recorded using a three-dimensional motion capture system. Geometric patterns then were extracted from each joint of the dancer's body. The method uses a body-centered reference frame and decomposes the movement into non-orthogonal periodicities that match periods of the musical meter. Musical cues (such as meter and loudness) as well as action-based cues (such as velocity) can be projected onto the patterns, thus providing spatiotemporal reference frames, or 'basic gestures,' for action-perception couplings. Conceptually speaking, the spatiotemporal reference frames control minimum effort points in action-perception couplings. They reside as memory patterns in the mental and/or motor domains, ready to be dynamically transformed in dance movements. The present study raises a number of hypotheses related to spatial cognition that may serve as guiding principles for future dance/music studies.
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basic gesture, samba, dance, spatiotemporal reference, MOVEMENT, SPACE, MUSIC, DANCE, PERCEPTION, Charleston, IPEMexpressive

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Leman, Marc, and Luiz Alberto Naveda. 2010. “Basic Gestures as Spatiotemporal Reference Frames for Repetitive Dance/music Patterns in Samba and Charleston.” Music Perception 28 (1): 71–91.
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Leman, M., & Naveda, L. A. (2010). Basic gestures as spatiotemporal reference frames for repetitive dance/music patterns in samba and charleston. MUSIC PERCEPTION, 28(1), 71–91.
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Leman M, Naveda LA. Basic gestures as spatiotemporal reference frames for repetitive dance/music patterns in samba and charleston. MUSIC PERCEPTION. 2010;28(1):71–91.
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Leman, Marc, and Luiz Alberto Naveda. “Basic Gestures as Spatiotemporal Reference Frames for Repetitive Dance/music Patterns in Samba and Charleston.” MUSIC PERCEPTION 28.1 (2010): 71–91. Print.
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  abstract     = {THE GOAL OF THE PRESENT STUDY IS TO GAIN BETTER insight into how dancers establish, through dancing, a spatiotemporal reference frame in synchrony with musical cues. With the aim of achieving this, repetitive dance patterns of samba and Charleston were recorded using a three-dimensional motion capture system. Geometric patterns then were extracted from each joint of the dancer's body. The method uses a body-centered reference frame and decomposes the movement into non-orthogonal periodicities that match periods of the musical meter. Musical cues (such as meter and loudness) as well as action-based cues (such as velocity) can be projected onto the patterns, thus providing spatiotemporal reference frames, or 'basic gestures,' for action-perception couplings. Conceptually speaking, the spatiotemporal reference frames control minimum effort points in action-perception couplings. They reside as memory patterns in the mental and/or motor domains, ready to be dynamically transformed in dance movements. The present study raises a number of hypotheses related to spatial cognition that may serve as guiding principles for future dance/music studies.},
  author       = {Leman, Marc and Naveda, Luiz Alberto},
  issn         = {0730-7829},
  journal      = {MUSIC PERCEPTION},
  keyword      = {basic gesture,samba,dance,spatiotemporal reference,MOVEMENT,SPACE,MUSIC,DANCE,PERCEPTION,Charleston,IPEMexpressive},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {71--91},
  title        = {Basic gestures as spatiotemporal reference frames for repetitive dance/music patterns in samba and charleston},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/MP.2010.28.1.71},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2010},
}

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