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Free Ensemble Improvisation


Harald Stenström


Free Ensemble Improvisation

Dissertation in Musical Intepretation, 2009.


This is a study of so-called non-idiomatic improvisation, where ensebles consisting af two or three musicians play together without any restrictions regarding style or genre and without having predetermined what is to be played or how they should play. The results provide a better understanding of what free ensemble improvisation is, in what respect it differs from other forms of music-making and how it can be defined.

The study includes numerous concert projects, of which several are recorded and included in this book on two CDs with MP3-files.

Keywords: aleatorics, artistic research, attractor state, central tone, chaotic systems, collec- tive understanding, comprovisation, conceptual model, directed motion, ensemble size, feedback and feedforward, free ensemble improvisation, gesture, importance of rhythm, indeterminacy, interactional skill, listening skill, musical evaluation, musical interaction, musical maturity, musical chemistry, musical interpretation, musical composition, non- idiomatic improvisation, rhythmic flow, sound properties, stylistic influences

This dissertation is thesis no 13 in the ArtMonitor dissertation series. 

ISBN: 97891977757-8-6


The dissertation is published in English.

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