Monday, January 25, 2010

Phrasing Notes

Phrasing Notes
Submitted by Jimmyle Listenbee - October 6, 2000
Copyright ©2000 by Jimmyle Listenbee

The concept of "phrasing" refers to how a given sequence of events is meaningfully organized in time through its internal relative dynamics.
Poetic, syntactical, functional

Identifying events
Mode of expression, e.g., Sound, Action
Describing events
Parameters of each mode

Tone Movement
Timbre Action (motif)
Amplitude Effort
Pitch Shape
Duration Space
Envelope Body (neuro-muscular)

Describing a phrase
Order of events along a timeline
Elements of a phrase
Beginning, Middle, End
Framing elements. Stillness/Silence. Cadences and resolutions
Defining relative dynamics
Effort loading, effort contrast, effort intensity (clarity), condensing effort.
Spatial dynamics such as size & complexity of kinesphere, spatial contrast, relationship to external spatial elements including other movers and the performing area.
The role of new or unexpected events in dynamic perception; disaffinities, incongruities, surprises
Gross Dynamic Contour
5 typical contours: arch, impactive, impulsive, even, Gunther
Rhythmic elements
Repetition, variation, gradation
Simultaneous Layered Relationships of Phrases
Macro-phrases concurrently organized through multiple levels of branching micro-phrases:
(e.g., envelope, event, motif, phrase, passage, through-line.)
Concurrent experience of different points in separate phrases of various lengths.
(Starting a training group while grading exams)
Multiple purposes concurrently organizing a single sequence of events:
(Poetic, syntactical, functional)

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