Conductor (role)

Participant that makes music without producing sounds directly.

Conductors affect music-making by gestures, cue-cards or other means that game rules provide. Although they role is classicaly considered very demanding Conductors in music games have it much easier. In only some of the pieces they are to relay on their musical taste, sometimes their task is mostly to provide most interesting task for Players to overcome or guide their way through the piece (sometimes both options apply, see Co-optionality).

For a staged setting in many games Conductor’s role is perfect for an audience member, because it allows people (sometimes not exposed before to any musical instrument) to experience the joys of connecting through music, responsiveness, feedback and a range of creative freedom in musical experimentation.

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