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Music & Shape

Music and Shape

The AHRC funds 'Shaping Music in Performance', a three-year investigation (2009-12) of how and why expert musicians use the notion of shape in performing, rehearsing and teaching.

This is part of the larger Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice which is funded for five years (2009-14) by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, following on from the 2004-9 AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM).

The project is documenting and analysing performers' reported experiences of the way music 'takes shape', and the ways in which a sense of shape influences detailed decision-making in performance. And we are using experimental and observational studies to explore listeners' responses to musical sounds through gesture and visualisation.

You can find out more about the project, and read some of our early studies, by visiting the project's website.

If you would be willing to take part in one of our experiments on music and shape, whether as a performer or listener, contact


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