March 2014 MIMM Journal Club
Mar 21, 2014
1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Canada
12:30PM to 3:30PM
Date(s) - 21/03/2014
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
McMaster University Psychology Building, Room 311
March 21, 2014
Lea Chauvingne will lead our discussion. She will discuss the paper Optimal feedback correction in string quartet synchronization, Alan M. Wing, Satoshi Endo, Adrian Bradbury and Dirk Vorberg, January 2014
Control of relative timing is critical in ensemble music performance. In two separate case studies, two internationally recognized string quartets repeatedly performed a short excerpt from the fourth movement of Haydn’s quartet Op. 74 no. 1, with intentional, but unrehearsed, expressive
variations in timing. Time series analysis of successive tone onset asynchronies was used to estimate correction gains for all pairs of players. On average, both quartets exhibited near-optimal gain. However, individual gains revealed contrasting patterns of adjustment between some pairs of players. In one quartet, the first violinist exhibited less adjustment to the others compared with their adjustment to her. In the second quartet, the levels of correction by the first violinist matched those exhibited by the others. These correction patterns may be seen as reflecting contrasting strategies of first-violin-led autocracy versus democracy. The time series approach we propose affords a sensitive method for investigating subtle contrasts in music ensemble synchronization.
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