ASKILL, Michael

PhD University of Queensland 2015 Pages: 145

Reflections on Composition and Consciousness

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This thesis explores the personal, technical, philosophical and
worldview perspectives that relate to my recent compositions in an attempt to
establish a convincing raison d'être and context for my work as it moves into
territory that seems, for me, new and strange. The folio of compositions
covers a wide range of approaches and styles and an equally wide range of
critical perspectives are explored and presented. In order to validate the central role of gongs and singing bowls in many of my recent compositions, I present the findings of my detailed research and explorations into their special resonant and harmonic characteristics. The extensive possibilities of the computer and modern sound technologies are also presented as they relate to my different compositional approaches and techniques.

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