Knee flexion of saxophone players anticipates tonal context of music

Nádia Moura*, Marc Vidal*, Ana M. Aguilera, João Paulo Vilas-Boas, Sofia Serra, Marc Leman*

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Music performance requires high levels of motor control. Professional musicians use body movements not only to accomplish and help technical efficiency, but to shape expressive interpretation. Here, we recorded motion and audio data of twenty participants performing four musical fragments varying in the degree of technical difficulty to analyze how knee flexion is employed by expert saxophone players. Using a computational model of the auditory periphery, we extracted emergent acoustical properties of sound to inference critical cognitive patterns of music processing and relate them to motion data. Results showed that knee flexion is causally linked to tone expectations and correlated to rhythmical density, suggesting that this gesture is associated with expressive and facilitative purposes. Furthermore, when instructed to play immobile, participants tended to microflex (>1 Hz) more frequently compared to when playing expressively, possibly indicating a natural urge to move to the music. These results underline the robustness of body movement in musical performance, providing valuable insights for the understanding of communicative processes, and development of motor learning cues.
Idioma originalEnglish
Número do artigo22
Número de páginas7
Revistanpj Science of Learning
Número de emissão1
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 27 jun. 2023

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