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Music Moves

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Music is movement. A bold statement, but one that we will explore together in this free online course.

Together we will study music through different types of body movement. This includes everything from the sound-producing keyboard actions of a pianist to the energetic dance moves in a club.

You will learn about the theoretical foundations for what we call embodied music cognition and why body movement is crucial for how we experience the emotional moods in music. We will also explore different research methods used at universities and conservatories. These include advanced motion capture systems and sound analysis methods.

You will be guided by a group of music researchers from the University of Oslo, with musical examples from four professional musicians. The course is rich in high-quality text, images, video, audio and interactive elements.

Join us to learn more about terms such as entrainment and musical metaphors, and why it is difficult to sit still when you experience a good groove.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius
Alexander Refsum Jensenius

Alexander Refsum Jensenius (BA, MA, MSc, PhD) is a music researcher and research musician working in the fields of embodied music cognition and new interfaces for musical expression. He studied music, mathematics and informatics at the University of Oslo. Exchange studies at CNMAT, UC Berkeley, inspired him to complete a master's thesis in music technology, followed by a master's degree in art and technology at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. He specialised in methods for studying and interacting with music-related body motion during his PhD, with several long research visits to IDMIL, McGill University. An active member of the international computer music community, Alexander organised the NIME 2011 conference and is currently chair of the NIME steering committee. Although mostly involved in scientific activities at the moment, he still performs on keyboard instruments and live electronics in various constellations, including the Oslo Mobile Orchestra.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Why Music Moves?
    • Overview
    • About the authors
    • Course Outline
    • Course Structure
    • Dictionary
    • Credits
  • Week 1
    • A Historical perspective
    • The history of listening experience - Part 1
    • The Listening Experience up until the 20th Century
    • The history of listening experience - Part 2
    • The Listening Experience in the 20th Century
    • Why is Terminology Important
    • Music-related body movement
    • How Can We Study Music-related Body Movement
    • Methods for studying music-related body movement
  • Week 2
    • Perception as an Active Process
    • Perception as an active process
    • Action and Co-Articulation
    • Sound-producing actions
    • Exploring Sound-producing Actions
    • Introduction to Sound and Movement Analysis
    • Qualitative movement analysis
    • Exploring Sound Analysis
    • How do we analyse sound?
  • Week 3
    • Introduction to Multimodality
    • Multimodality
    • Can Body Movement Teach us Something about Music Perception
    • Studying music perception in the motion capture laboratory
    • Introduction to Motion, Action and Gesture
    • Infrared Marker-based Motion Capture
  • Week 4
    • Pulse and entrainment
    • The Feeling of Pulse and the Entrainment Process
    • Pulse and Music Culture
    • An Analysis of a Ritardando
    • Introduction to Perceiver Movements
    • Perceiver movements
    • Mobile Motion Capture
    • The mobile mocap studio
  • Week 5
    • 5.4 A Discussion on Groove
    • 5.6 An Analysis of a Dance Music Groove
    • 5.9 Musical Gestures
    • Academic Definitions
    • Musical gesture
    • 5.11 Coarticulation in Music
    • 5.13 Introduction to Video Analysis
    • 5.15 Visualising Video
  • Week 6
    • 6.1 What we will cover in Week 6
    • 6.3 Music, Verticality and Bodily Metaphor
    • 6.8 Introduction to Biosensors
    • 6.11 New Interfaces for Musical Expression
    • Musical Instruments
    • Digital Musical Instruments
    • NIME as a research field
    • MuMYO
  • Appendix: Music Moves Dictionary
  • Music Moves: Credits
    • Academic Leads
    • Musicology students on Campus
    • Academics Interviewed
    • Musicians
    • Participants / Extras in Videos
    • MOOC Production Team
    • Video Production Team
    • Dancers / Extras
    • Extracts from NIME perfomances
    • Musicians depicted in videos
    • Other

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