The impact of the bass drum on body movement in spontaneous dance

Authors: Edith Van Dyck, Dirk Moelants, Michiel Demey, Pieter Coussement, Alexander Deweppe, Marc Leman
Publication:  In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, 2010
Publication date:  2010
Pages:  429-434

The authors built a dance club-like environment, composed dance music, and outfitted volunteer dancers with motion sensors (including wii remotes worn around the waist) and evaluated their dance movements. They used 6 pieces, each with 16 measure phrases that repeated 3 times with a different bass drum volume each time. Although there were some aberrations, the subjects generally showed greater movement when the bass drum level was louder. Some interesting factors that effected movement included musical preference, gender, frequency with which subjects danced, and age. I expected that older people would have moved less, but the opposite was true.

I can’t help picturing my grandmother shaking her hips at a club. *shudder*

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