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A Mechatronic System for the Visualisation and Analysis of Orchestral Conducting
  • Courtney Coates,
  • Liao Wu
Courtney Coates

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This paper quantitatively analysed orchestral conducting patterns, and detected variations as a result of extraneous body movement during conducting, in the first experiment of its kind. A novel live conducting system featuring data capture, processing, and analysis was developed. Reliable data of an expert conduc-tor's movements was collected, processed, and used to calculate average trajectories for different conducting techniques with various extraneous body movements; variations between extraneous body movement techniques and controlled technique were definitively determined in a novel quantitative analysis. A portable and affordable mechatronic system was created to capture and process live baton tip data, and was found to be accurate through calibration against a reliable reference. Experimental conducting field data was captured through the mechatronic system, and analysed against previously calculated average trajectories; the extraneous movement used during the field data capture was successfully identified by the system .
13 Dec 2023Submitted to TechRxiv
18 Dec 2023Published in TechRxiv