Publication Date

2009-01-01

Availability

Open access

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

Department

Music Theory and Composition (Music)

Date of Defense

2009-04-07

First Committee Member

Ferdinando DeSena - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Dennis Kam - Committee Member

Third Committee Member

Colby Leider - Committee Member

Abstract

Live music has the ability to unite individuals and affect them on both cognitive and emotional levels. Its time-honored tradition remains the true test of a musical work?s strength and longevity. Electronic music in particular has had some difficulty in establishing well-formed performance practices in its relatively short life span. The problem may not be one of sonic, but rather visual inhibition and general discontinuities between the audience and performers. In this paper I raise three questions of aesthetic value concerning live performance. Why do we go to live musical performances? How do we perceive sound? How do we correlate physical gestures? To answer, I make observations on selected works spanning the continuum of the field.

Keywords

Performance Practices; Electronic Music; Aesthetics

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