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Complexity through interaction: An investigation into the spontaneous development of collective musical ideas from simple thematic materials

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Haywood, NT (2014) Complexity through interaction: An investigation into the spontaneous development of collective musical ideas from simple thematic materials. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The
purpose
of
this
research
is
to
investigate
and
describe
the
optimum
conditions
under
which
collaborative
improvised
musical
expression
in
performance
can
be
established.
This
study
is
an
exhaustive
examination
of
selected
performances
of
an
ensemble
in
which
I
perform.
This
ensemble
was
newly
formed,
specifically
for
this
research
study.
The
research
investigates
the
impact
of
the
ensemble
dynamic
on
the
improvisations
of
each
individual
within
the
ensemble
and
the
way
in
which
this
affects
and
informs
my
own
playing.
Performances
and
recordings
by
this
ensemble
are
used
as
the
basis
of
the
research
presented
in
the
accompanying
exegesis.
The
weighting
of
this
project
is
80%
folio
and
20%
exegesis.
The
recordings
have
not
been
analysed
in
the
traditional
harmonic,
melodic
and
rhythmic
manner
as
the
focus
of
this
study
is
on
the
way
in
which
musicians
connect
at
an
intuitive
level.
The
manner
in
which
each
participant’s
contributions
affect
their
co-­‐performers
has
been
analysed
and
discussed.
Aural
perception
and
the
collective
and
individual
musical
history
of
the
participants
are
seen
as
significant
factors
and
as
such
have
been
investigated
through
interviews.
It
is
proposed
that
a
musician’s
familiarity
with
repertoire
should
be
such
that
conscious
decision
making
in
performance
becomes
redundant.
In
fact,
it
is
felt
that
the
need
to
deliberately
think
about
both
physical
and
material
requirements
of
music
making,
when
playing,
is
a
hindrance
to
high
quality
musical
performance,
both
during
improvisation
and
interpretation
of
pre-­‐composed
materials.
To
this
end,
there
is
a
need
to
separate
the
manner
in
which
a
musician
accumulates
musical
knowledge
via
practice,
from
the
way
they
present
music,
as
a
performer.
The
study
explores
this
important
relationship
in
the
context
of
the
case
study
of
the
project
album.
These
issues
have
also
been
examined
with
a
view
to
offering
some
insight
into
the
mindset
and
methods
that
best
support
the
development
of
high-­‐level
improvisation
and
interpretive
skills.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: music, improvisation, ensemble, jazz, collection
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Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2014 05:36
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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