User serviceable parts: Practice, technology, sociality and method in live electronic musicking

Green, Owen (2013). User serviceable parts: Practice, technology, sociality and method in live electronic musicking. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City University London)

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In live electronic musical research there is a need to confront the interrelationships between the social and the technological in order to understand our music as practice. These interrelationships form a complex and dynamic ecosystem that not only forms the context to, but is constitutive of practice. I interrogate from a variety of perspectives the musical practice that has formed over the course of this research in order to reveal the dispositions towards technology, the social situatedness and the musical approach that underlies my work.

By taking a disposition towards musical practice-led research that is non-hierarchical, performative, ecological, phenomenological and pragmatic, I place into wider context compositional and technological decisions, in terms of their relationships to improvising, skill, design, performance and research.

This work contributes both new theories of live electronic musical practice and new suggestions for practice-led methods aimed at investigating the interplay of social and material factors in musicking, and at interrogating the disciplinary status of our field vis-a-vis musical and technical disciplines.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: City University London PhD theses
School of Arts > Department of Creative Practice & Enterprise - Centre for Music Studies

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