Experience Music Experiment

Pragmatism and Artistic Research

Edited by William Brooks

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Challenging perspectives on artistic research in and through experimental discourse
“Truth happens to an idea.” So wrote William James in 1907; and twenty-four years later John Dewey argued that artistic experience entailed a process of “doing and undergoing.” But what do these ideas have to do with music, or with research conducted in and through music—that is, with “artistic research”? In this collection of essays, fourteen very different authors respond with distinct and challenging perspectives. Some report on their own experiments and experiences; some offer probing analyses of noteworthy practices; some view historical continuities through the lens of pragmatism and artistic experiment. The resulting collection yields new insights into what musicians do, how they experiment, and what they experience—insights that arise not from doctrine, but from diverse voices seeking common ground in and through experimental discourse: artistic research in and of itself.

Contributors: William Brooks (Orpheus Institute), Richard Shusterman (Florida Atlantic University), Thibault Galland (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Ivana Miladinović Prica (University of Arts in Belgrade), Caitlin Rowley (Bath Spa University), Nicholas Brown (Trinity College Dublin / Orpheus Institute), Winnie Huang (Orpheus Institute / Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp), Fiona Smyth and Victoria Tzotzkova (Independent Scholars), Marco Fusi (Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp), Clare Lesser (New York University Abu Dhabi), Garry Hagberg (Bard College), Ann Warde (Independent Scholar), Deniz Ertan (Independent Scholar), Ambrose Field (University of York)

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).


Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 285 × 195 mm

272 pages

ISBN: 9789462702790

Publication: June 30, 2021

Series: Orpheus Institute Series

Languages: English

William Brooks is professor of music at the University of York, emeritus professor at the University of Illinois, scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library, and senior research fellow at the Orpheus Institute.