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Role-taking in Free Improvisation and Collaborative Composition

Walduck, J.S. (1997) Role-taking in Free Improvisation and Collaborative Composition. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, City University London. (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:84351)

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Abstract

Role-taking, the adoption of solo, accompanying or punctuating roles by a given part or parts may exist in any form of music.

In Part 1, I have argued that the structure of free improvised pieces can be articulated in terms of player-functional or material-generative roles taken by ensemble members, and that these roles may, in turn, reflect the interpersonal dynamics of the group. The first four chapters uncover possible roles, and propose a methodology for mapping the structure of improvised pieces.

Part 2 is a portfolio of backbone compositions - compositions written for one or two instruments with the intention of adding further parts in collaboration with other musicians. The compositions, including the process of their realisation, make use of the roles uncovered in Part 1, leading to musical structures suggestive of long-term or large-scale human interaction. The technique is expanded to encompass interaction with another art form - film.

The final piece in the portfolio demonstrates how the two media interrelate by means of an awareness of role-taking within and between them.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Uncontrolled keywords: music improvisation improvised multimedia composition
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Jackie Walduck
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2021 12:52 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2021 10:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84351 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Walduck, J.S.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2603-3404
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