Journal article

Nonverbal behaviours in popular music performance: A case study of The 'Corrs'

K Kurosawa, JW Davidson

MUSICAE SCIENTIAE | E S C O M-EUROPEAN SOC COGNITIVE SCIENCES MUSIC | Published : 2005

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate performer nonverbal behaviour in popular music performance in order to understand the use and functions of gestures, postures, and facial expression. To this end, the study begins by reviewing relevant psychological and sociological research including Ekman and Friesen and Argyle's categorisations of nonverbal behaviour. Drawing on these specific categories, functions of nonverbal behaviours in popular music performance are proposed. These include: to maintain performer self-control; to provide musical, narrative, emotional and personal information; to regulate and manipulate relationships between performer, co-performer and audience. The investigativ..

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