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The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music

Edited by: James Saunders

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9780754662822
eBook ISBN: 9781315172347
Adobe ISBN: 9781351697583

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The recent resurgence of experimental music has given rise to a more divergent range of practices than has previously been the case. The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music reflects these recent developments by providing examples of current thinking and presenting detailed case studies that document the work of contemporary figures. The book examines fourteen current practitioners by interrogating their artistic practices through annotated interviews, contextualized by nine authored chapters which explore central issues that emerge from and inform these discussions. Whilst focusing on composition, the book also encompasses related aspects of performance, improvisation and sonic art. The interviews all explore how the selected artists work, focusing on the processes involved in developing their recent projects, set against more general aesthetic concerns. They aim to shed light on the disparate nature of current work whilst seeking to find possible points of contact. Many of the practitioners are active in areas that span disciplines, such as composition and improvisation, and the book explores the interaction of these activities in the context of their work. The other chapters consider a range of issues pertinent to recent developments in the genre, including: definitions of experimentalism and its relationship with a broader avant garde; experimentalism and cultural change; notation and its effect on composition; realising open scores; issues of notation and interpretation in live electronic music; performing experimental music; improvisation and technology; improvisation and social meaning; instrumentalizing objects; visual artists' relationships to experimental music; working across interdisciplinary boundaries; listening and the soundscape; working methods, techniques and aesthetics of recent experimental music.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Why Experimental? Why me? Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Writing, Music Download PDF
Chapter  4:  A Prescription for Action Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Open Sources: Words, Circuits, and the Notation/Realization Relation in Live Electronic Music Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Instrumentalizing: Approaches to Improvising with Sounding Objects in Experimental Music Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Free Improvisation in Music and Capitalism: Resisting Authority and the Cults of Scientism and Celebrity Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Beyond the Soundscape: Art and Nature in Contemporary Phonography Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Soundwalking: Aural Excursions into the Everyday Download PDF
Chapter  10:  ‘We have Eyes as well as Ears …’: Experimental Music and the Visual Arts Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Fourteen Musicians Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Antoine Beuger Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Laurence Crane Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Rhodri Davies Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Christopher Fox Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Bernhard Günter Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Bryn Harrison Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Philip Jeck Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Alvin Lucier Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Phill Niblock Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Evan Parker Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Tim Parkinson Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Jennifer Walshe Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Manfred Werder Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Christian Wolff Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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