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Title: Towards an epistemology of electroacoustic music
Author: Hadfield, Graham Patrick
ISNI:       0000 0004 2719 970X
Awarding Body: City University
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis draws on elements of epistemology (the philosophy of knowledge), the philosophy of mind, and ethics in coming to form what might be used as a musico- epistemic tool in the composition of electroacoustic music. To do this it is necessary to consider what constitutes knowledge and how we can come to have knowledge. Using belief as an essential requisite the thesis considers what is required for mere belief to be elevated to the status of knowledge - what justification one requires to make a veracious knowledge claim. The discussion then considers how one can come to know the content of another person's (a listener's) mind. That is, how one (the composer) can come to know what listeners' beliefs are or knowledge is about certain things. The theory that is accepted (explaining how we can have knowledge of other minds) is grounded in folk psychology and is called simulation theory. In relation to this the thesis then considers how composers might make choices about their musical materials (aesthetic judgement) in an ethical manner, thereby affording us an ethics-injected version of simulation theory. The arguments which are put forward in this thesis are presented, in conjunction with the music folio, as documentary evidence of the bi-directional influence of my philosophical thinking on my composition and vice versa. Formulation of the written element of this thesis has been accomplished by research and reflection conducted before, during, and after composition. Rather than being a pre- or post-compositional thought description, or a collection of organised jottings made during composition considered separately, the intention is to document a more all-encompassing (not time-specific) thought process.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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