1st Edition

Artistic Practice as Research in Music: Theory, Criticism, Practice

ISBN 9781409445456
Published March 18, 2016 by Routledge
282 Pages

USD $180.00

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Book Description

Artistic Practice as Research in Music: Theory, Criticism, Practice brings together internationally renowned scholars and practitioners to explore the cultural, institutional, theoretical, methodological, epistemological, ethical and practical aspects and implications of the rapidly evolving area of artistic research in music. Through various theoretical positions and case studies, and by establishing robust connections between theoretical debates and concrete examples of artistic research projects, the authors discuss the conditions under which artistic practice becomes a research activity; how practice-led research is understood in conservatoire settings; issues of assessment in relation to musical performance as research; methodological possibilities open to music practitioners entering academic environments as researchers; the role of technology in processes of musical composition as research; the role and value of performerly knowledge in music-analytical enquiry; issues in relation to live performance as a research method; artistic collaboration and improvisation as research tools; interdisciplinary concerns of the artist-researcher; and the relationship between the affordances of a musical instrument and artistic research in musical performance. Readers will come away from the book with fresh insights about the theoretical, critical and practical work being done by experts in this exciting new field of enquiry.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Mine DoÄŸantan-Dack. Part I Institutional and Critical Perspectives: Performing research: some institutional perspectives, Nicholas Cook; Practising research, playing with knowledge, Celia Duffy and Stephen Broad; Artistic research and music scholarship: musings and models from a continental European perspective, Darla Crispin; Determination and negotiation in artistic practice as research in music, Anthony Gritten. Part II Disciplinary and Methodological Issues: Practice-based music research: lessons from a researcher’s personal history, Jane W. Davidson; Following performance across the research frontier, Kathryn Whitney; The (f)utility of performance analysis, John Rink; Imaginary workspaces: creative practice and research through electroacoustic composition, John Young. Part III Specific Projects: The role of the musical instrument in performance as research: the piano as a research tool, Mine DoÄŸantan-Dack; Creating new music for a redesigned instrument, Christopher Redgate; Improvisations towards an origin: the steel cello and the bow chime, Adrian Palka; FLAT TIME/sounding, David Toop; Index.

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Mine DoÄŸantan-Dack is a concert pianist and musicologist (BM/MM, The Juilliard School; PhD, Columbia University). She also holds a BA in Philosophy. Her books include Mathis Lussy: A Pioneer in Studies of Expressive Performance (2002) and the edited volume Recorded Music: Philosophical and Critical Reflections (2008). Mine is currently a Departmental Lecturer at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford.