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Towards Respiratory Aesthetics: a Situated Model of Compositional Practice

Hendrickse, Jan (2023) Towards Respiratory Aesthetics: a Situated Model of Compositional Practice. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.100886) (KAR id:100886)



'Towards a Respiratory Aesthetics: a situated model of compositional practice'

This research describes a compositional practice informed by a respiratory philosophy. Following a range of thinkers including Henri Bergson (1965), Luce Irigaray (1999), Tim Ingold (2015) Karen Barad (2003), and Emanuele Coccia (2018) the project proposes a perspective that emphasizes our immersion in the air and a relationship of attentiveness and openness to the world. The project marks a shift of emphasis, away from the primacy of the aesthetic concerns of the human composer, towards an eco-systemic model that recognizes compositional agency as distributed.

An eco-systemic, or situated, compositional practice is one that enables processes of composition to emerge through dialogue with materials, environments, and bodies. Such practices move beyond binary notions of human 'subjects' and material 'objects' to embrace relational approaches to composition. These relational exchanges take place iteratively creating flows of agency. I develop the idea of Respiratory Aesthetics through awareness of these flows, and the intention to follow and work with them.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Pasoulas, Aki
Thesis advisor: Illingworth, Shona
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.100886
Uncontrolled keywords: respiratory aesthetics, breath, breathing, air, eco-systemic, situated practice, experimental music, sound art, composition, improvisation, emergence
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2023 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2023 09:00 UTC
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Hendrickse, Jan.

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