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Performing composition : developing a computer assisted composition system through live coding performance

Kerr, Thorin (2009) Performing composition : developing a computer assisted composition system through live coding performance. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This thesis maps the author's journey from a music composition practice to a composition and performance practice. The work involves the development of a software library for the purpose of encapsulating compositional ideas in software, and realising these ideas in performance through a live coding computer music practice. The thesis examines what artistic practice emerges through live coding and software development, and does this permit a blurring between the activities of music composition and performance. The role that software design plays in affecting musical outcomes is considered to gain an insight into how software development contributes to artistic development. The relationship between music composition and performance is also examined to identify the means by which engaging in live coding and software development can bring these activities together. The thesis, situated within the discourse of practice led research, documents a journey which uses the experience of software development and performance as a means to guide the direction of the research. The journey serves as an experiment for the author in engaging an hitherto unfamiliar musical practice, and as a roadmap for others seeking to modify or broaden their artistic practice.

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ID Code: 32175
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Brown, Andrew
Keywords: music, composition, performance, live coding, live programming, computer music, computer assisted composition, algorithmic music, generative art, Impromptu, Csound
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Music & Sound
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 12 May 2010 12:20
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:56

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