Prompter (role)

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Participant that gives signals to change music without deciding about the direction of that change.

Usage

Prompter might be considered a type of Conductor despite influencing only the timing of music. For Prompters, the course of action is chosen by other participants or is otherwise established by rules (for example chosen at random). Signals might be give in different ways for example by Cue cards.

Prompter role is often used in games of John Zorn for example is his Cobra. There, Players often may propose a few conflicting ideas for musical development and Prompter's role is first to choose between the proposition, then announcing the choice, and then signal the timing.

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