Conductor (role)


Participant that makes music without producing sounds directly.


Musically conductors influence the music by signalling to other players. As for the game part, their task 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 music games performances Conductor’s role may fit an audience member (volunteer or chosen), because it allows people to experience the joys of connecting through music, responsiveness, feedback and a range of creative freedom in musical experimentation, even to 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 they role is classicaly considered very demanding Conductors in music games have it much easier. They may relay on their musical taste, and conciously shape the performance, but most often it's not even necessary. There might be one or many conductors and the set of gestures, spatial organisation, process can take many different forms.


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