Portfolio of musical composition: integration in music: controlling diverse methods of expression within the context of the globalisation of musical culture

Oliver, Benjamin (2010) Portfolio of musical composition: integration in music: controlling diverse methods of expression within the context of the globalisation of musical culture. Doctoral thesis (DPhil), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

Musical culture is increasingly globalised and technology allows us to
engage with an evermore diversified range of musical approaches,
traditions and sound-worlds. How composers react to this diversity of
musical approaches is an important theme in contemporary composition.
My approach to composition within this globalised situation has been to
focus on the notion of ‘integration’ and creating structurally consistent
score-based frameworks. I have composed a portfolio of work that reflects
the central focus of ‘integration’, concentrating on three inter-related
research areas:
1. Exploring how one can integrate or frame improvisation and/or
electronics into notated structural frameworks.
2. Exploring the use of technology to translate or integrate material
generated through improvisation into notational practice.
3. Developing a coherent and individual technique and aesthetic that
draws on structural influences from a range of musical idioms, but
never resorts to cliché or pastiche.
My exploration of integration in writing the compositions in this portfolio
has been primarily technical. I am fundamentally interested in the ‘nuts
and bolts’ of composition, how musical materials can fit together and
interact. Therefore although the character and substance of the different
materials I engage with is important, my foremost preoccupations when
composing are the formal and technical aspects such as: structure and
proportion; pitch and rhythmic organisation; orchestration technique; the
use of extended notations; and compositional processes such as
abstraction, permutation and rotation.
As I outline in my commentary the composition in this portfolio reflects my
aesthetic position that working with an eclectic range of musical materials
and diverse methods of expression such as improvisation and electronics
is not an end-in-itself. By integrating diverse musical influences I am not
trying to create a pluralist synthesis of different semantic paradigms, but
aim to find my own innovative, coherent and consistent compositional
approach.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > M Music > M0005 Instrumental music
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > M Music
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0075 Interpretation
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 14:42
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 11:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6260

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