Propositional Music: On Emergent Properties in Morphogenesis and the Evolution of Music; imponderable Forms, Self-Organization, and Compositional Methods

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  • Composition and Generative Creation

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  • Propositional Music: On Emergent Properties in Morphogenesis and the Evolution of Music; imponderable Forms, Self-Organization, and Compositional Methods

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Abstract:

  • I am interested in musical thinking that includes the view of composition as the proposition of musical realities -complete cognitive models of  music – using propositional musical language accompanied by a propositional language of music theory. This may also be related to what is called speculative music and speculative theory.

     

    The term propositional music refers to a particular style of musical thinking in which the act of composing includes proposing complete musical realities, assuming no extant model of music and emphasizing the dynamic emergence of forms through evolution and transformation. How can we make compositional models in our new environment of knowledge about self-organization and emergent forms? We must begin with an understanding about how perceptual distinctions are made, how forms emerge and how we categorize the distinctions that we can hear among kinds of complexity in adaptive systems when the nature of the musical language we are experiencing is not known a priori.

     

    Full text p.55-56

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