Spatiotemporal gestures in music and dance have been approached using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Applying quantitative methods has offered new perspectives but imposed several constraints such as artificial metric systems, weak links with qualitative information, and incomplete accounts of variability. In this study, we tackle these problems using concepts from topology to analyze gestural relationships in space. The Topological Gesture Analysis (TGA) relies on the projection of musical cues onto gesture trajectories, which generates point clouds in a three-dimensional space. Point clouds can be interpreted as topologies equipped with musical qualities, which gives us an idea about the relationships between gesture, space, and music. Using this method, we investigate the relationships between musical meter, dance style, and expertise in two popular dances (samba and Charleston). The results show how musical meter is encoded in the dancer's space and how relevant information about styles and expertise can be revealed by means of simple topological relationships.
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Research Article| September 01 2010
The Spatiotemporal Representation of Dance and Music Gestures using Topological Gesture Analysis (TGA)
Music Perception (2010) 28 (1): 93–111.
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Luiz Naveda, Marc Leman; The Spatiotemporal Representation of Dance and Music Gestures using Topological Gesture Analysis (TGA). Music Perception 1 September 2010; 28 (1): 93–111. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/mp.2010.28.1.93
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