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Title: An exploration of compositional & improvisational approaches to jazz & electronics
Author: Whiter, Christopher
ISNI:       0000 0004 8499 8321
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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This is a practical study focusing on the combination of acoustic jazz ensembles with live and studio electronics. The purpose of this research is to compare the effect that differing approaches to composing have had on both the resulting soundworlds and the relationship between the compositional and improvisational processes themselves. The portfolio shows the developments in techniques of integrating the jazz and electronic elements, with each work showing a constantly evolving level of interaction. This has been demonstrated by three compositional approaches taken to how the live ensemble is utilised, ranging from the recording of each live part separately (Truth This Way), to the simultaneous recording of the live ensemble with pre-prepared electronics tracks on The Borderline Suite album, and finally to the use of live electronics applied to the improvising acoustic duos and trios used for Emanations and Encapsulation. The research contributes to the composition technology discipline by continuing to break down boundaries between the electronic and contemporary jazz genres by furthering the exploration and development of processes of interaction.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Composition ; Jazz ; Electronic Music