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Title: Strange attractors : a commentary on applications of indeterminacy in my recent music
Author: McLaughlin, Scott Graeme
ISNI:       0000 0001 3625 5484
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2009
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This commentary reflects on how indeterminacy has been used in the music I have written over the period of my doctoral studies, 2005-2008. Non-musical ideas play a major role in my compositional language and this is reflected in the use of 'strange attractors' as a metaphor for the philosophical and aesthetic stance behind composing with indeterminacy. After a brief introduction chapter, the links between strange attractors—and chaos theory in general—and indeterminate music are discussed. And applications of indeterminacy to pitch organisation techniques such as spectral modelling and frequency modulation are examined as part of a frequency-based harmonic continuum. Different methods of generating ambiguous pitch percepts that sit at the boundaries of the harmony/timbre duality are considered In pieces with text processes.
Supervisor: Tremblay, Pierre Alexandre ; Harrison, Bryn Sponsor: University of Huddersfield ; Arts Council Ireland
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: M Music