Iterative Processes: Notating, Composing, and Performing as Journey Forms

Redhead, L. 2022. Iterative Processes: Notating, Composing, and Performing as Journey Forms. Contemporary Music Review, 41(2-3), pp. 266-280. ISSN 0749-4467 [Article]

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This essay posits that the practices of notation, composition, and performance are not creatively distinct from each other when observed, in particular, in radical works of graphic or text notation that make no or little reference to the western tradition of music notation, and whose composers offer no or few indications of the methods by which they should be interpreted or their intended performance outcomes. In such works of experimental music, performer choice and creativity are highlighted, but issues of composer choice and creativity may be equally observed, alongside the performative practices of notation. Understanding these practices as iterations of the same process means that the activities of notating, composing and performing can be considered as equal without the need to posit the performance of experimental scores as a compositional practice in and of itself. These ideas will be explored in examples from the works ijereja (2015–2016) and glíwmæden (2016)

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Graphic notation; Experimental music; Alison Knowles; Performative writing

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30 May 2022Accepted
4 July 2022Published Online

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07 Jul 2022 14:22

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15 Aug 2022 13:56

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