Accompanist (role)

Participant that plays music during the game but doesn’t have to follow the rules.

Accompanists add musical content (rhythm, harmony, color etc.) but are obliged only by the minimal subset of the game rules (usually regarding the way of ending the piece). They might play pre-set patterns or fully improvise but in their music they usually are constrained only by general musical directions specified for the game or agreed upon before a performance of the game.

In an open game meeting setting, if the Accompanist is required by the game, the role is usually filled by one of the more experienced musicians who can play by ear to other Players who play by rules.

Accompanists may be considered musical equivalents of „passengers” from theatre improv.

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