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Subversion and stratification

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posted on 2024-06-06, 03:13 authored by Alistair MacaulayAlistair Macaulay
Unlike composition, improvisation offers performs greater flexibility and freedom. improvisation subverts musical structures and considers the ethical implications of improvisation. This diminishes the status of mistakes, which serve as platforms for further improvisation. Improvisation resists and subverts traditional musical structures while using the same musical material and processes as composition. Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s conceptual geometry of stratification and looking at the role of improvisation in their philosophy more generally, this article illustrates how improvisation and composition transform musical material in the same way while having different aesthetic aims. An improvisor’s aesthetic aims are not strictly-defined but are open-ended, subverting traditional conceptions of control and artistic genius. Besides witnessing how it subverts the musical structures that enable it, this illustrates the importance of improvising, in seeing the limits of a way of thinking and appreciating a multiplicity of perspectives.

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Journal

Inscriptions

Volume

6

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2535-7948

eISSN

2535-5430

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Tankebanen forlag

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