Things that are not: an ontology of (de)composition

Ramshaw, P. (2007) Things that are not: an ontology of (de)composition. In: The Proceedings of the 7th International Music Theory Conference, Principles of Musical Composition - Musical Text, 9-11 May 2007, Vilnius, Lithuania.

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This paper considers the nature of ideas and their position within a field of power relations by thinking about the discourse that takes place within musical forms in general on a social and institutional level and how music is controlled. It then moves to look at the opposing sides of the discourse in the form of the orthodox/heterodox positions taken by Boulez and Schaeffer with regard to compositional style and process of musique concrete by using Nietzsche’s dualist metaphor of Apollonian and Dionysian visions as essential but opposing creative forces. Finally some aspects of John Cage's thinking on the subject of indeterminism are brought in which seem to reconcile the two positions in a way Nietzsche and perhaps Schaeffer, but not Boulez may have agreed with.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Musique concrete; Compositional style; Indeterminism; Boulez; Schaeffer; Nietzsche; Cage
Subjects: Music
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Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 13:14
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:16

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