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Restrung new chamber festival : an exploration of contemporary string practice

Bentley, Danielle Sarah (2011) Restrung new chamber festival : an exploration of contemporary string practice. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

The Restrung New Chamber Festival was a practice-led research project which explored the intricacies of musical relationships. Specifically, it investigated the nature of contemporary string practice, with "New music" at its core. For the purposes of this project, "New music" will be defined in terms of representing a "global sonorous space" (Nancy 2007:12), which Hulse describes as "a spectacular comingling of styles and an unprecedented explosion of creative possibilities" (Hulse n.d.:2). Approaches to staging such an event are contextualised through a comparative analysis with relevant Australian and European festivals. The Restrung model derived inspiration from both art music and popular music festival models, in several aspects. One strategy was to engage audiences through combinations of musical, visual and spatial features. Another strategy was to encourage interaction by audiences with installations, workshops and forums. Restrung represents a new and distinctive model which presented art music within an immersive environment. This exegesis presents an evaluation framework which investigates the relationship between curatorial input and the experiential qualities of the festival. The context of an overview of trends in arts festival curation informs the discussion, as well as approaches to identifying new and receptive audiences. It is expected that the evaluation framework will provide a useful and practical guide for curators working in contemporary string practice, hybrid arts, experimental and cross-art form festival design.

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ID Code: 49582
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Dillon, Steve& Arthurs, Andrew
Keywords: new music, classical music, string music, hybrid arts, Brisbane, Queensland, festival, Restrung New Chamber Festival, Creative Industries, practice-led research
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Music & Sound
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 05 Apr 2012 16:12
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2012 09:25

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