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Introduction to sound and movement analysis

In this week's methods track, we will explore qualitative movement analysis, such as Labanotation, and learn how to visualise and analyse sound.
A black speaker with a white cone. To the left lies two microphones.
In this week’s methods track we will explore qualitative movement analysis and learn about sound analysis.

As we saw last week, there are many ways of analysing music-related body motion. The qualitative methods are often based on descriptive approaches, and using text as the medium. Several structured approaches to this exist, and in the following video we will look more closely at two systems used for qualitative movement analysis: Labanotation and Laban Movement analysis.

When researching music and movement we need tools for analysing both movement and sound. So after the qualitative movement analysis video you will learn about how it is possible to carry out systematic studies on musical sound. This includes an overview of different visualisation techniques, such as waveform displays and frequency spectra.

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