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Title: Unprotected practice : including process as compositional material
Author: Norman, Paul
Awarding Body: Birmingham City University
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 2018
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Composition as an art form often struggles with effectively communicating the initial idea that triggered the creation of the work via performance. The works included in this PhD submission and the reflection of my approach to composition included in this commentary, outline the various ways that I have attempted to address this issue by engaging with the main research question: How can the concept and composition process of the artistic work be communicated to the audience and what creative compositional opportunities does this offer? This PhD contains 13 works that share an expanded view of composition that considers not only sound but also visual and performative elements, where the whole process from initial idea to the performance forms the artistic work. This suggests a more holistic approach to composition where the audience members are given access to the whole artistic work via the performance. The works produced are extremely diverse, due to the direct relation of the whole composition process to a concept. By considering how I make decisions and what those decisions communicate, I have found that when all decisions in the composition process are informed by the concept, the concept becomes embodied in the performance and thus communicates the idea that triggered the creation of the work to the audience. Communicating the idea thus becomes a compositional concern and forms additional material for the work. Composing the communication of the idea and making it inherent in the performance offers huge artistic potential. It need not be restricted by traditional formats, such as programme notes or pre-concert talks, but can be much more playful, directly relevant and integrated within the artistic work.
Supervisor: Wolters, Michael ; Skempton, Howard ; Woodley, Ronald Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: W300 Music