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Complexity as Process: Complexity Inspired Approaches to Composition.

Davis, T., 2010. Complexity as Process: Complexity Inspired Approaches to Composition. Organised Sound, 15 (2), 137 - 146 .

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DOI: 10.1017/S1355771810000130


This article examines the use of Complexity Theory as an inspiration for the creation of new musical works, and highlights problems and possible solutions associated with its application as a compositional tool. In particular it explores how the philosophy behind Complexity Theory affects notions of process-based composition, indeterminacy in music and the performer/listener/environment relationship, culminating in providing a basis for the understanding of music creation as an active process within a context. The author presents one of his own sound installations, Cross-Pollination, as an example of a composition inspired and best understood from the philosophical position as described in Complexity Theory.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:21312
Deposited By: Dr Thomas Davis
Deposited On:30 Jun 2014 11:13
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:49

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