On Monday 7 March, the symposium 'Musician movement: capture and analysis’ organised by Dr Nikki Moran (Reid School of Music) inspired interdisciplinary discussions about the study of musicians’ body movements.

Sarah Gross, Music - BMus student at Edinburgh College of Art reports on the event.

Dr Nikki Moran recently invited her collaborator, Dr Donald Glowinski (Senior Researcher at the Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics Lab (NEAD), University of Geneva), to share his research at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). He described the range of projects conducted at NEAD, including their various methods and resources for expressive movement data collection and analysis. Staff and research students from a wide range of disciplines at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow shared their expertise on Music, Psychology, Linguistics, Sports Science, and Informatics.

After Donald's lunchtime talk, we heard from three researchers who described some of their current work-in-progress. Yu-Fen Huang, a current PhD student in Reid School of Music and Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, spoke first. She presented her work on orchestral conductors’ gestures, using light-reflecting markers to collect information about their expressive movement. Then Dr Ana Almeida, a recent PhD graduate from Reid School of Music and Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, talked about her work on young children’s spontaneous movement responses to music. Donald, Nikki and the other participants responded with feedback and suggestions. The afternoon closed with a talk from Frank Pollick, Professor of Psychology at the University of Glasgow, who spoke about his neuroscientific approach to understanding the movements that musicians make.

The discussions fostered connections between these interdisciplinary researchers, bringing together experience, expertise and tools that sparked ideas to develop new kinematic research projects. Nikki and Donald’s current international collaboration builds on the Improvising Duos project which Nikki undertook with Professor Peter Keller (University of Western Sydney).

This event was supported by an ECA Research and Knowledge Exchange grant



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