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Powers of Divergence

An Experimental Approach to Music Performance

Lucia D'Errico (Author),

Series: Orpheus Institute Series

Category: Artistic Practice, Music

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462701397

Publication date: July 27, 2018

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Number of pages: 198

Size: 285 x 190 x 10 mm

Number of illustrations: 14

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Series: Orpheus Institute Series

Category: Artistic Practice, Music

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461662514

ISBN: 9789461662514

Publication date: July 10, 2018

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Number of pages: 198

Number of illustrations: 14

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Beyond resemblance: creative divergence in music performance

What does it mean to produce resemblance in the performance of written music? Starting from how this question is commonly answered by the practice of interpretation in Western notated art music, this book proposes a move beyond commonly accepted codes, conventions and territories of music performance. Appropriating reflections from post-structural philosophy, visual arts and semiotics, and crucially based upon an artistic research project with a strong creative and practical component, it proposes a new approach to music performance. The approach is based on divergence, on the difference produced by intensifying the chasm between the symbolic aspect of music notation and the irreducible materiality of performance. Instead of regarding performance as reiteration, reconstruction and reproduction of past musical works, Powers of Divergence emphasises its potential for the emergence of the new and for the problematisation of the limits of musical semiotics.

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Erratum: Table of contents
In the table of contents of the printed books the description of Book I, Book II and Book III is incorrect. This information is correct in the table of contents below and in the PDF version of the book.

Acknowledgments Specific Terminology Introduction
BOOK I Description of the Practice The Problem of Resemblance Beyond Improvisation A Series of Anamorphic Glances On Methodology Phonographic Writing The Phantasmic Image of the Musical Work The Vectors of the Body The Musical Work as a “Manifold” A Peripheral Instrument Modes of Exposition BOOK II Derivatives Derivative I: On Three Different (Musical) Eyes Derivative II: The Phonocentric Vision of Music Derivative III: An Eye That Sees Itself Derivative IV: The Joyous Power of Simulacra Derivative V: How to Defy Perspective through Perspective Derivative VI: Automaton Derivative VII: How to Produce a Phantasm? Part I: Gian Lorenzo Bernini Derivative VIII: How to Produce a Phantasm? Part II: Francis Bacon Derivative IX: How to Produce a Phantasm? Part III: Salvatore Sciarrino Derivative X: How to Produce a Phantasm? Part IV: Carmelo Bene BOOK III Five Glances upon the Unspeakable Body Appendix 1: Techniques of Minoration Appendix 2: List of Musical Examples Closing Remarks References Biographical Note

Lucia D'Errico

Lucia D’Errico is a musician and artistic researcher. She is research fellow at the Orpheus Institute Ghent.

“‘Woe to those who do not have a problem,’ Gilles Deleuze exhorts his audience during one of his seminars. And a ‘problem’ in this philosophical sense is not something to dispense with, a difficulty to resolve, an obstacle to eliminate; nor is it something one inherits ready-made. Just as a ‘concept’ in the paradigmatic repertoire of Deleuze’s philosophy is a creation, a ‘problem’ must be invented; it needs to be developed, its strength measured by the force of the path it breaches across an already established field - reconstructing it, reorganising it. The principal virtue of Lucia D’Errico's book is that it constructs precisely such a problem.” - Zsuzsa Baross

“An original and valuable contribution to the field of artistic research, integrating theory and practice and charting a clear pathway through the work of a great number of artists, philosophers, and composers by way of philosophy, art and media theory, semiotics, and musical composition.” - Edward Campbell

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