Exploring Perspectivism in Music: Site- Specific Minimalist Inspired Compositions

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Newcomb, Stephen
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Griswold, Erik
Gifford, Toby
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2016
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This practice-led research masters produced four musical compositions exploring concepts of Perspectivism, musical minimalist aesthetics and improvisation to create contrasting sonic environments in a site-specific performance space. The compositions, which combine live acoustic performance with live & pre-composed electronic performance, all adopt a particular spatial approach I call The Triadic Space Layout, in which the musicians and loudspeakers are ‘fractured’ between three rooms, creating distinct yet related sonic environments. Through an iterative process of reflective practice, two broad compositional approaches were settled upon, termed Sonic Environmental Perspectivism and Improvisational Perspectivism. This exegesis describes four final compositions that represent the culmination of this process of reflective practice, and demonstrate these compositional approaches. Compositions Lady Fanboy and Snorkel’s Dark Room sonically distinguish each room of The Triadic Space Layout through either harmonic or tonal registers of the pre-composed electronics. These compositions utilise graphic scores to guide the musicians’ performances. This approach is titled Sonic Environmental Perspectivism. SWEET SWEET and Dancing Squares utilise the musicians’ improvisations to sonically differentiate each room as they receive identical pre-composed electronic music. This compositional approach was titled Improvisational Perspectivism.

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Master of Music (MMus)
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Queensland Conservatorium
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Lady Fanboy
Snorkel’s Dark Room
Triadic Space Layout
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Acoustic performance
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