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Title: Composition and identity
Author: Rennie, Tullis
ISNI:       0000 0004 6494 9872
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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This research explores matters of social, cultural and personal identity through composition. The portfolio for this PhD is made up of seven works: Carioca Sound Stories, Selaron: A Great Madness, Manifest, The Metropolis Sounds, Muscle Memory, Everybody (Wants To Be The DJ), and Walls On Walls. They are presented variously as fixed media compositions, a multi-channel sound installation, and a participative community project. My practice-based research has developed a musical language that seeks a threshold between ethnographic-cultural documentation and composed sound arts practice. This commentary engages with how such an approach might affect attitudes towards a number of broader issues concerning sound composition. Key themes include: the act of listening; the practice of field recording; notions of soundscape composition; ethnography in sound; music and identity; sampling; participative approaches to sound art. Many of the portfolio works aim to serve their subject matter reciprocally; interacting with the particular sites, sources, interviewees and participants discussed through the works. As such, these compositions aim to provide cultural insights for myself, for others directly involved, and for the wider community of interest relevant to each piece. This research presents how an ethnographic approach to listening, sound, music, and ‘the field’ has affected my compositional outlook and the representation of multiple identities within these works.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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