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An exploration of the influence of technology upon the composer’s process

McReynolds, Richard 2019. An exploration of the influence of technology upon the composer’s process. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis focuses upon how the use of aleatoricism can be used in electro-acoustic music to increase the perceived connection between the electronic and acoustic forces in performance. It also considers how the tools that a composer uses to create their work can enforce an influence upon their own creative process. These issues stem from research conducted early in the project investigating mapping strategies applied to composition for physical gesture capture devices. The thesis progresses by exploring performer freedom for both electronic and acoustic performers which includes examination of the use of different methods of scoring in order to transmit the composer's ideas. The approach is then considered in isolation from electronics with purely acoustic ensembles before exploring the use of recording as a compositional technique alongside indeterminate performance. All of these issues are explored within the context of my own practice, while simultaneously highlighting my overall compositional approach and how it is informed by this research. The thesis consists of two volumes. The first presents a portfolio of compositions that explore varying approaches to composition for various ensembles. The second volume consists of a written commentary that explores the context, themes and motivations for the compositions in the first.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 February 2019
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 03:03

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