RUSHFORD, James Patrick

MMus University of Melbourne 2011 Pages: 37

Grounding sound, distilling time: models of stasis in recent compositional frameworks

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Link to Thesis: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/36048

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This paper aims to unravel the concept of stasis, by focusing on some unique manifestations in Western experimental music, particularly that composed since the 1970s, and seeks answers to certain key questions. Can stasis be seen as an alternative mode of structuring and listening to a musical work, a mode drawing upon organic and essential sonic qualities and not just conventionally imposed systems of compositional craft and technique? Can stasis dislodge a chiefly temporal perception of music and re-order the hierarchies of entrenched musical parameters? Is stasis a valid and generative element of music?...

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