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Title: Noise, resistance, and intertext in Helmut Lachenmann's Dal niente (Interieur III) and Accanto
Author: Kay, Joseph
ISNI:       0000 0004 8502 9346
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2019
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The following is in two parts: a thesis, and a portfolio of compositions. The thesis examines the centrality of noise, and related concepts of resistance and intertextuality, to the music and writings of Helmut Lachenmann. It begins by outlining the challenges posed by writing about noise in relation to Lachenmann but argues a historical case for its significance in the second chapter. The third chapter focuses on Dal niente (1970), suggesting that the piece maps noise and resistance from the empirical level of its sonic surface, to the more abstract level of its communicative ecology. This is read in the context of Lachenmann's 1966 essay, 'Klangtypen der neuen Musik', and Heidegger's theory of das Zeug. Chapter Four illustrates noise as a form of cultural resistance in Accanto (1975-76), which is read alongside 'Zum problem des musikalisch Schönen heute' (1976), 'Bedingungen des Materials: Stichworte zur Praxis der Theoriebildung' (1978) and 'Vier Grundbestimmungen des Musikhörens' (1979). Finally, I suggest the usefulness of intertextual theory as a critical framework within which to understand this mapping of noise and resistance, proposing a proximity between intertextuality and Lachenmann's concept of dialectical structuralism. The portfolio of compositions is also concerned with noise, but here noise is explored through its relationship with queerness: noise as queer and as queering / queerness as noise and as noisy. Through collaboration, notational experiments, installation, and a listening-based approach to electronic composition, these pieces investigate noise's potential to create shared spaces of listening.
Supervisor: Harry, Martyn ; Clarke, Eric Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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