Being Time: Case Studies in Musical Temporality

Being Time: Case Studies in Musical Temporality


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Being Time invites a deep consideration of the personal experience of temporality in music, focusing on the perceptual role of the listener. Through individual case studies, this book centers on musical works that deal with time in radical ways. These include pieces by Morton Feldman, James Saunders, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Ryoji Ikeda, Toshiya Tsunoda, Laurie Spiegel and André O. Möller. Multiple perspectives are explored through a series of encounters, initially between an individual and a work, and subsequently with each author's varying experiences of temporality. The authors compare their responses to features such as repetition, speed, duration and scale from a perceptual standpoint, drawing in reflections on aspects such as musical memory and anticipation. The observations made in this book are accessible and relevant to readers who are interested in exploring issues of temporality from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives.

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ISBN-13: 9781623568955
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/27/2018
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Glover is a composer and Reader in Music at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Jennie Gottschalk is a composer and the author of Experimental Music Since 1970.

Bryn Harrison is a composer and Reader in Composition at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Table of Contents

Part one
Chapter 1: Defining, exploring
Part two
Chapter 2: Time, memory and recursive structures as an aesthetic paradigm
Case study 1: Form - structure - memory in Morton Feldman's String Quartet II (1983)
Case study 2: Repeated actions
Chapter 3: Sound/silence/duration and post-Cageian aesthetics
Case study 3: Manfred Werder and open scoring
Case study 4: Digital silence, Bernhardt Günter and Richard Chartier
Chatper 4: Immersive temporalities in sustained environments
Case Study 5: La Monte Young's eternal time
Case Study 6: Background temporality in the sound art of Toshiya Tsunoda

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