Creative Trigger, Creative Intent and Creative Choice: An Exploration of Where Songs Come From
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This paper investigates the relationship between Creative Trigger, Creative Intent, and Creative Choice in the context of intuitive songwriting practice. By positioning creative practice in a theoretical framework that includes both traditional musical transcription and autoethnographic data, the paper discusses the interplay between these creative elements and their relationship to the finished works. It also seeks to compare conscious and intuitive songwriting process in an attempt to better understand how these two modes of operation intersect in the context of the author’s own creative practice. As a result, over the course of this project, this research highlights a transition away from what can be considered an overly romantic and anachronistic view of songwriting and creativity, towards a conclusion that refutes much of the mystery surrounding songwriting practice as propagated by many successful recording artists, songwriters, media, and the music industry at large.
Master of Music (MMus)
Queensland Conservatorium of Music
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