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Bodily Expression in Electronic Music
Perspectives on Reclaiming Performativity

ISBN 9780415745710
Published November 8, 2013 by Routledge
240 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this book, scholars and artists explore the relation between electronic music and bodily expression from perspectives including aesthetics, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, dance and interactive performance arts, sociology, computer music and sonic arts, and music theory, transgressing disciplinary boundaries and established beliefs. The historic decoupling of action and sound generation might be seen to have distorted or even effaced the expressive body, with the retention of performance qualities via recoupling not equally retaining bodily expressivity. When, where, and what is the body expressed in electronic music then? The authors of this book reveal composers’, performers’, improvisers’ and listeners’ bodies, as well as the works’ and technologies’ figurative bodies as a rich source of expressive articulation. Bringing together humanities’ scholarship and musical arts contingent upon new media, the contributors offer inspiring thought and critical reflection for all those seriously engaged with the aesthetics of electronic music, interactive performance, and the body’s role in aesthetic experience and expression. Performativity is not only seen as being reclaimed in live electronic music, interactive arts, and installations; it is also exposed as embodied in the music and the listeners themselves.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Bodily...  1. Touch: Apparent, Real, and Absent: On Bodily Expression in Electronic Music Deniz Peters  2. How Things Fall Apart: Alteration of Body in Music and Dance Sondra Fraleigh  3. What Would Disembodied Music Even Be? Alva Noë  4. Embodying the Sonic Invisible: Sketching a Corporeal Ontology of Musical Interaction Susan Kozel  5. Seeing Sound, Hearing Movement: Multimodal Expression and Haptic Illusions in the Virtual Sonic Environment Jaana Parviainen  Part 2: ...Expression in...  6. Ich und Du: On the Relation Between Body Image and Sound Structure in Contemporary Music Isabel Mundry  7. Isabel Mundry’s Ich und Du and the Elusiveness of Musical Meaning: Variations on Music, Body, Structure, Perception Christian Utz  8. Two Kinds of Physicality in Electronic and Traditional Music Kendall L. Walton  9. Objective Music: Traditions of Soundmaking without Human Expression Federico Celestini and Andreas Dorschel  Part 3: ...Electronic Music  10. Embodied Generative Music Gerhard Eckel  11. Live Electronic Music or Living Electronic Music? Simon Emmerson  12. Relational Ontologies and Social Forms in Digital Music Georgina Born  13. JND: An Artistic Experiment in Bodily Experience as Research Chris Salter

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Deniz Peters is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Aesthetics of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.

Gerhard Eckel is Professor of Computer Music and Multimedia and the former head of the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Perfoming Arts Graz, Austria.

Andreas Dorschel is Professor of Philosophy and head of the Institute of Music Aesthetics at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.