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Making, Dwelling, and ‘Discontinuous Continuities’: Finding Musical Form within the Inner Life of Materials

Jeffreys, A. (2023). Making, Dwelling, and ‘Discontinuous Continuities’: Finding Musical Form within the Inner Life of Materials. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


This project is about musical form. A certain kind of form. Form as something that comes about through things,how those things interact, and how we interact with them. It is about a certain way of encountering form as an artist based on dwelling within things. Dwelling within the inner life of materials in anticipation of what might emerge. It is about listening. Listening as an experience of occupying and discovering form. Of corresponding with things. Moments corresponding with echoic traces. It is about continuity. Continuity as a lived experience of things. A sense of relationship discovered through time and felt in retrospect. It is about the way these ideas might play out as a sense of difference, tension, or contradiction, between the way something seems to unfold from one moment to the next and the sense we have of it in retrospect. Something like ‘discontinuous continuities.’

This thesis traces the journey and evolution of these ideas about form, making, continuity, and listening through the stories of five pieces composed between 2017 and 2021. It is a journey of two halves. Abstract form. Form-finding. Form before things to form from things. A journey to encountering form, as an artist, as a lived experience of things. Form-finding as a process of dwelling within things. The pieces tell a story of the emergence of a certain kind of continuity that flows from my dwelling within things. From an intuitive correspondence with things.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Theses
City, University of London (-2022) > School of Arts & Social Sciences > Music
School of Arts & Social Sciences > Music
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