Communication in a string quartet

Casa Paganini, Uni of Genoa

As I mentioned in the earlier post from the International Symposium on Performance Science, string quartets seem to be fashionable in music psychology, and for good reasons. They are perhaps the prototype of a chamber music ensemble, with lots of great pieces written for them, they are of an optimal size for such studies, and of course there are many professional quartets that have worked together for years, making them extremely interesting topics for research on coordination and interaction. A new study from Genoa looks at communication in a string quartet, using a cool setup.

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Wasn’t social media supposed to be social?

Last weekend a citizens’ web activist Ray Beckerman wrote about the recent changes Twitter made on their main website, reflecting the strategies they have adopted for future development of the micro-blogging platform. According to him, these changes mean that Twitter is turning its back on facilitating social interaction and is trying to become a hub for news, entertainment etc., in other words, a place where people passively consume information.

Earlier, in August, another well-known web persona Leo LaPorte shared his moment of reckoning, after being cut off from Google Buzz for almost a month and not noticing it. Neither did any of his 17 000+ followers notice. From his eye-opening story a question arises: would he have noticed that the communication channel was broken, if he had actually used it for communication rather than broadcasting?

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