Playing with Affect: Music Performance with awareness of Score and Audience

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Title Playing with Affect: Music Performance with awareness of Score and Audience
Author Livingstone, Steven R.; Muhlberger, Ralf; Brown, Andrew Robert
Publication Title Generate + Test: - The Proceedings of Australasian Computer Music Conference 2005
Editor Timothy Opie and Andrew R. Brown
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Fitzroy, Australia
Publisher Australasian Computer Music Association (ACMA)
Abstract An exquisite music performance can move an audience to tears of joy, or those of sorrow. The job of a good performer then is to convey not just the music's notated structure, but also its emotional metadata. In time, the performer will also learn to respond musically to the state of a live audience; matching their emotional ebb and flow to maintain interest for the concert's entirety. This work will discuss an Affective Performance framework in which compositions are marked up with emotional intent, or narrative. This mark-up directs the emotive adaptation of the symbolic score's reproduction, enhancing the computer music's realism. Examining the cognitive model of emotions appraisal theory, we highlight some key evidence underlying the principle of music expectancy and its central role in maintaining a listener's musical interest. This knowledge will play a significant role in developing an adaptive music engine in which the traditionally static score is manipulated in real time. We will also show how new Affective Computing technologies for reading the emotional state of users can be employed to further adapt the performance to account for audience emotional state. We end with an illustration of the framework, with examples in computer gaming engines and enhanced live performances for a distributed audience.
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Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2005. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 1448-7780
Conference name Australasian Computer Music Conference 2005
Location Brisbane, Australia
Date From 2005-07-12
Date To 2005-07-14
Date Accessioned 2011-08-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre; Centre for Creative Arts Research
Faculty Queensland Conservatorium
Subject Performing Arts and Creative Writing
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Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1x

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