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Perceptions of Skill in Performances with Acoustic and Electronic Instruments

By A. Cavan Fyans and Michael Gurevich


We present observations from two separate studies of spectators’ perceptions of musical performances, one involving two acoustic instruments, the other two electronic instruments. Both studies followed the same qualitative method, using structured interviews to ascertain and compare spectators’ experiences. In this paper, we focus on outcomes pertaining to perceptions of the performers ’ skill, relating to concepts of embodiment and communities of practice

Year: 2011
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