Gestural systems for the voice: performance approaches and repertoire

Mary Mainsbridge*

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Singing, like dance, emerges directly from the body. The voice, in combination with whole body movement, constitutes a potent form of self-expression. Gestural systems offer a specialized context in which to explore the intersection between voice and movement. The practice-based investigation presented in this article charts the development of an original musical work, Intangible Spaces, which gives form to the invisible aspects of voice and movement through gestural control, physical modelling synthesis and visual feedback. I draw on embodied and performative autoethnographic methods to capture the felt sensations and sound-movement associations that arise during the composition process. I also explore the performance approaches of key practitioners in the area to gain a broader understanding of the ways in which musicians leverage existing performance skills to uncover novel connections between movement and voice in gestural performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-331
Number of pages17
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number4
Early online date1 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • embodied autoethnography
  • gestural musical performance
  • voice


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