A Study of Two Thereminists : Towards Movement Informed Instrument Design

Ward, Nicholas and Penfield, Kedzie and O’Modhrain, Sile and Knapp, Benjamin

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper presents a comparison of the movement styles of two theremin players based on observation and analysis of video recordings. The premise behind this research is that a consideration of musicians’ movements could form the basis for a new framework for the design of new instruments. Laban Movement Analysis is used to qualitatively analyse the movement styles of the musicians and to argue that the Recuperation phase of their phrasing is essential to achieve satisfactory performance.