The use of orchestration & structure in the exploration of fluid musical hierarchies
Openness and ideas of multiplicity were significant developments in various creative disciplines that surfaced in the latter half of the twentieth century. In music, these concepts, which were pioneered by members of the New York School of composers, manifested in various different compositional approaches including the exploration of indeterminacy (as applied to the form or content of a musical work), open systems of notation, flexible ensemble sizes, and the use of found objects. These works are often dependent on the symbiotic relationship between the composer and performer: the composer, in relinquishing some control, invites the performer to be a part of the creative process. The nature of the open work invites a dynamic range of more or less anarchic relationships between the composer, performer, listener, and the sounds themselves.
Through the creation of a diverse folio of works, my PhD research aims to contribute to the musical exploration of flexible hierarchies. This presentation will provide an overview of the key concepts governing my research; it will utilise a small selection of compositions from my portfolio to demonstrate the various ways that I have applied concepts of openness in the composition process and the musical and extra-musical consequences of these approaches.
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