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Curating experience: Composition as cultural technology - a conversation

Molitor, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-3777-833X & Magnusson, T. (2021). Curating experience: Composition as cultural technology - a conversation. Journal of New Music Research, 50(2), pp. 184-189. doi: 10.1080/09298215.2021.1898646


This conversation between Thor Magnusson and Claudia Molitor introduces the idea of composition as cultural technology, where compositions are understood as systems that create spaces within which ‘things’ can occur and can be explored. In this conception of composition, the composer becomes the curator of an experience for an audience, shifting the focus of the work on the encounter of the audience. Talking about some of Molitor’s pieces from the past decade, the discussion explores how these ideas can manifest in compositional practice.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Publisher Keywords: Compositional practice; cultural technology; situated work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
M Music and Books on Music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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