Theatre and Performance Studies: Analysing Music-Movement Correspondences
A Social Semiotic Framework for Analysing Music-Movement Correspondences
In this presentation, I outline a framework I am developing for the analysis of synesthetic correspondences between music and movement in processes of semiosis. I use van Leeuwen’s model of the parametric system (e.g. van Leeuwen, 2009) to build an analytical framework. This model can be used to identify synesthetic qualities that correspond between expression media (van Leeuwen, 2016) which in this case are sound and bodily movement. These parametric systems are useful for describing experiential meaning potential, i.e. semiosis based on material qualities of the medium of expression (Kress and van Leeuwen, 2001: 74-85). I use a variety of examples that illustrate how the meaning potential of these qualities is realised in specific socio-historical contexts and then briefly outline some of the case studies to which I apply my framework in my broader research. This presentation demonstrates that a framework based on synesthetic correspondences is useful for both multimodal and monomodal analysis of music and movement. I also comment on some of the potential contributions of my research to the study of what Kress and van Leeuwen (2001) have called ‘semiotic media’ (in contradistinction to ‘semiotic modes’)
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Van Leeuwen, T, (2009) Parametric systems: The case of voice quality, In C, Jewitt, The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis. (pp. 68-78). London: Routledge
Van Leeuwen, T,. (2016() A social semiotic theory of synaesthesia: – A discussion paper. Hermes, 2016 (55): 904-1699
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