Inside and outside shape

Eldridge, Alice (2015) Inside and outside shape. In: Music and shape. Studies in musical performance as creative practice . Oxford University Press, New York. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Music is a very human means of creating, exploring and communicating abstract ideas and emotions. This is made possible through the capacity of organised sound to recruit and coordinate dynamic patterns of interaction across a network of diverse objects and processes distributed across the brains, bodies and worldly objects of musicians and listeners. Reflecting my personal practice as an improvising cellist and my academic interest in digital music, I offer a particular account of some of the roles shape plays in framing and supporting these processes in both acoustic and digital music making. My own experiences are accompanied by those of other improvisers to illustrate the idea that shape provides a lingua franca to conceptualise and talk about relations between the otherwise divergent array of objects and activities tied up in musical creation, performance and listening. In particular, I consider how the role of shape differs during what I am calling ‘offline’ (learning, practicing, coding, listening) versus ‘online’ musicking (performance and improvisation in particular).

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML0430 Composition and performance
Depositing User: Alice Eldridge
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 10:47
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 20:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51133
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