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Title: Quantum music : towards a unified aesthetic
Author: Bell, Adam
ISNI:       0000 0004 7968 3229
Awarding Body: Brunel University London
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2019
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Since 2009, the focus of my compositional output has been on the formalization of a unified aesthetic, what I term Quantum Music. This aesthetic adheres to a strict code of practice informed not just by the composers who have influenced it, but also the society from which it has been created. Although the techniques I have used, developed and adapted in this thesis have in some form been employed and invented by other people (both musical and non-musical), the amalgamation of musical and non-musical influences and techniques in the works submitted herein has resulted in an aesthetic approach unique to me that exists in a broader sense within the wide spectrum of modernist practice and discourse and other forms of quantised music. A fundamental facet of all music that can be termed ‘quantum’ is the degree to which it is systematized and quantized, with the music born out of the desire to abstract the compositional process and its resulting sonic outcomes. This is most obviously achieved through the decoupling of parameters or variables inherent to the writing of a piece of music (such as pitch and dynamics) and organising each on their own terms. Quantum music is therefore a sub-set of the modernist programme, with its musical and artistic antecedents predominantly formed from composers and artists working in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Supervisor: Fox, C. ; Walshe, J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Musical modernism ; Modernism ; Music composition ; Abstraction ; Abstract music