Macro-Kinetics: creating a marimbists’ model for implementing physical gestures in solo marimba performance

Adam Junyi Tan

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Abstract

With a span of almost two metres and a requirement to stand while performing, effective marimba performance demands considerable physicality. This research outlines the Macro-Kinetics model, a generalist system for marimbists of all levels to create their own gesture-based interpretations. By identifying four broad elements of the body most favoured by marimbists, this research identifies a range of physical movements on the marimba that could be performed by any marimbist. When paired with perceived effects and potential uses, a marimbist can then obtain a rudimental understanding of the use of these movements.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date7 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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