Conductor (role)


Participant that makes music without producing sounds directly.


Conductors influence the music by signalling to other players. As far as the game go, their function might be to serve as an obstacle for Players to overcome or as a help to guide their way through the piece (sometimes in one game both options apply, see Co-optionality).

For a staged performances Conductor’s role may fit an audience member (e.g. a volunteer), because it allows people to experience the joys of connecting through music, responsiveness, feedback and a range of creative freedom in musical experimentation. All that available also for people not exposed before to any musical instrument.

Not a classical conductor

Conductors affect music-making by gestures, cue-cards or other means that game rules provide. Although their role is classically considered very demanding, Conductors in music games have it much easier. They may relay on their musical taste, and consciously shape the performance, but most often it's not even necessary. There might be one or many conductors and the set of gestures, but spatial organization and the process can take many different forms.


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