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Music On the Inside of Silence


Sten Sandell


Music On the Inside of Silence - a Study

Dissertation in Musical performance and interpretation, Academy of Music and Drama, 2013. The dissertation also includes a CD-box with music


How can I through musical improvisation change the course of interaction between music, space and text? The aim of my doctoral project is, on the basis of the various conditions a room or a space has to offer, to study the uniqueness of improvised music to be able to change the direction of a music composition in real time, with focus on the integration of text and music. The following questions are also addressed: how can one identify the effect a room has on how a voice or instrument sounds, and how can one create a unique world of sound in that same room with the intention of creating a new kind of aural drama. The main empirical data for this project will consist of a number of case studies in the form of: a series of experiments/ improvisations - that trigger a series of processes - that again trigger a series of methods. Free improvised music is the only form of music that allows me, as a musician, to be able to change direction at any time. Free improvised music is the only form of music where I can completely change my way of playing depending on the character of the room or the space. The room becomes a co-player that I can either go along with or resist. In my project I investigate different ways to explore and clarify how changes of direction in free improvisation can be performed and how the spatial conditions and other conditions affect the way the music is played. The form of improvised music I am examining is extremely dialogue-oriented, where action and
reaction within the dialogue in the room play a vital role in the process. What I would like to try out and demonstrate is how a sonic language entirely based on the participants’ sensitivity can be moulded, i.e. a language that is altogether based on the listening and playing of a person in a particular space.

This is thesis no 36 in the ArtMonitor dissertation series.

ISBN: 978-91-979993-3-5


This thesis is published in swedish, it also includes a CD-box with music.

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The disseration is e-published

The dissertation is e-published in GUPEA (Göteborgs universitets publikationer - Elektroniskt Arkiv). Download the dissertation

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