Hypnagogia and improvisation: interfacing with reflexive/volitional behaviour

Sayer, Timothy (2014) Hypnagogia and improvisation: interfacing with reflexive/volitional behaviour. In: INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces (ICLI 2014), 19-23 Nov 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.

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This paper draws on discourse from psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience to present a theoretical framework with which to explore the notion of interface from the perspective of deep interaction, interaction which is initiated at the threshold of conscious awareness and volitional control. The context for this work is improvised musical performance and this paper describes an experimental methodology which will be employed to explore procedural memory and readiness potential by using a combination of EEG and hypnosis, as a means of interfacing with the reflexive/volitional behaviour of an improvising musician. This paper describes the motivation for this work as seated in the anecdotal experience of many professional improvisers and puts forward a theoretical rationale for this particular approach to addressing their concerns. The issues they identify reflect a desire to enhance the sense of ‘liveness’ in their performance by circumventing mechanical modes of playing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 9789897460609
Page Range: pp. 292-298
Subjects: Music
Music > Music/audio technology
Music > Musicology
Depositing User: Timothy Sayer
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 11:12
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:10
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5325

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