Experimental Encounters in Music and Beyond

Edited by Kathleen Coessens, introduction by Kathleen Coessens, and contributions by Richard Barrett, Sebastian Berweck, Frederik Croene, Chaya Czernowin, Anne Douglas, Bob Gilmore, Valentin Gloor, David Gorton, David Horne, Efva Lilja, Svetlana Maras, Melinda Maxwell, Christopher Redgate, Jan C. Schacher, Reto Stadelmann, Steve Tromans, and Penelope Turner

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Multidisciplinary analysis of experimentalism in music and the wider arts today
Experimental Encounters in Music and Beyond opens a necessary dialogue on experimental practices in the arts and negotiates their place in contemporary society. Going beyond the music-historical usage of the term “experimental”, this book reimagines experimentation as an open working definition encompassing multiple forms of artistic attitudes and processes. The texts, images, and sounds offer multiple traces, faces, and spaces, revealing what experimentalism in music and the wider arts entails today. With perspectives from a range of disciplines—from choreography through composition to philosophy and beyond—the different experiences and artistic projects documented and discussed explore the complexity of experimentation in a way that is all the richer for being never-ending.

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Richard Barrett (Institute of Sonology, The Hague), Sebastian Berweck (pianist and performer), Kathleen Coessens (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Frederik Croene (pianist and composer, Belgium), Chaya Czernowin (Harvard University, Cambridge), Anne Douglas (Grays School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen), Bob Gilmore † (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), Valentin Gloor (Orpheus Institute, Ghent), David Gorton (Royal Academy of Music, University of London), David Horne (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester), Efva Lilja (Dansehallerne, Copenhagen), Svetlana Maraš (independent music professional, Radio Belgrade, Electronic Studio), Melinda Maxwell (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester), Christopher Redgate (Royal Academy of Music, University of London), Jan C. Schacher (Royal Conservatoire, Artesis Plantijn University College, Antwerp, and Zurich University of the Arts), Reto Stadelmann (composer and musician, Germany), Steve Tromans (Middlesex University, UK), Penelope Turner (singer, musician, and performer, UK and Belgium)

Faces, Spaces, and Traces: A Prelude to Experimental Encounters
Kathleen Coessens

Kathleen Coessens

Down With the Experiment! Long Live the Process! or, Dance Doesn’t Exist
Efva Lilja

The Art of Risk Taking: Experimentation, Invention, and Discovery
Chaya Czernowin

Kathleen Coessens

Thingification of Compositional Process: The Emergence and Autonomy of Extramusical Objects in Western Art Music
Svetlana Maraš

Roll Over Czerny
Frederik Croene

Austerity Measures and Rich Rewards
David Gorton and Christopher Redgate

Cooperation and Collaboration between Interpreter and Composer in Electroacoustic Music
Sebastian Berweck

Trans-form: Sketches, Experiments, and Concepts in Artistic Creation
Jan C. Schacher

Kathleen Coessens

Rational Spaces: The String Quartets of Ben Johnston as Experimental Process
Bob Gilmore

The Need for Artistic Experimentation When Preparing Organum Duplum for Performance Léonin and Pérotin and Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Polyphony from L’Ecole de Notre Dame
Penelope Turner

“Association”: A Way of Artistic Experimentation That Can Expand Interpretation Possibilities
Valentin Gloor

Kathleen Coessens

From Experimentation to Construction
Richard Barrett

-iment, Exper-ience, Exper-tise: Practice-as-Research in Jazz Performance
Steve Tromans

Improvisation as Experimentation in Everyday Life and Beyond
Anne Douglas and Kathleen Coessens

Composition as Improvisation/Improvisation as Composition
David Horne and Melinda Maxwell

The Kunstorchester Kwaggawerk Project: An Original Cultural Education Programme
Reto Stadelmann

An Afterthought to Experimental Encounters
Kathleen Coessens

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 285 × 190 × 15 mm

212 pages

ISBN: 9789462701106

Publication: December 04, 2017

Series: Orpheus Institute Series

Languages: English

Stock item number: 119332

Anne Douglas is a Professor Emerita, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Scotland, who explores the changing place of the artist in public life. Her research has increasingly focused on art and the environmental crisis from a practice-led perspective. She co-produced the Harrisons’ work ‘On the Deep Wealth of this Nation: Scotland’ (2017) in collaboration with Newton Harrison and the Centre for the Study of the Force Majeure, University of California Santa Cruz.

Bob Gilmore is a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute (Belgium) and editor of Tempo: A Quarterly Review of New Music (UK).

David Gorton is a composer, senior postgraduate tutor and associate head of research at the Royal Academy of Music, associate professor at the University of London, and associate researcher at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent.
Kathleen Coessens is director of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and associate researcher at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent.