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Fleeting Moments: Inverted Taxonomies and Outlier Detection applied to Jazz Guitar Vocabulary

Perks, Richard, Williams, Tom (2020) Fleeting Moments: Inverted Taxonomies and Outlier Detection applied to Jazz Guitar Vocabulary. In: The 21st Century Guitar Conference. . (Submitted) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:80760)

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Abstract

Analysis of improvisational language has often been led by observational taxonomies which place emphasis on common vocabulary and familiar structure, often to great effect (Owens. 1996, Givan. 2010). Correspondingly, practice, pedagogy and community are also led by similar taxonomies.

Such categorisation – comprising tendency, familiarity, and trope – help us build systems for codifying, qualifying and classifying the improvisatory lexicon of different idioms and/or performers, so that we might engage with them performatively, pedagogically, developmentally, analytically or otherwise. This kind of organisation often results in the ‘solidification’ or ‘re-reinforcement’ of genre-specific conventions, as well as the rigid cataloguing of attributes ascribed to an individual’s improvisatory ‘voice’. Ultimately, via the tacet prioritisation of predictability, this method encourages a generalisation of an improviser’s approach and the creation of a canonical schema of vocabulary.

What if however, in creating such generalised taxonomies we are overlooking fundamental characteristics – the ‘fleeting moments’ – which, whilst occurring less-frequently, or perhaps less obviously, are in fact those which determine the true colour, depth, nuance and holistic DNA underlying an improvisatory approach?

By conducting qualitative musical analyses of the improvisatory styles of an array of guitarists working across the jazz landscape – whilst prioritising the detection of outlier variables and considering their impact – this study will provide a fresh perspective on how we understand and interpret improvisatory vocabularies. Drawing from a range of theories and models used across other disciplines, this work aims to augment the conventional schemes applied in jazz and improvisatory analysis and, by expansion, contribute to the wider discourse surrounding multimodal and holistic methodologies of jazz analysis.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Music and Audio Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Music and Fine Art
Depositing User: Richard Perks
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2020 14:12 UTC
Last Modified: 27 May 2020 09:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80760 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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