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Billy Connolly, Daniel Barenboim, Willie Wonka, Jazz Bastards, and the Universality of Improvisation  

Raymond MacDonald and Graeme Wilson

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Sep 2016
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Jun 2014
Group musical improvisation is an important artistic, educational, and therapeutic process, and understanding the unique mental, individual, and social processes involved should be a key ... More

Biologically Inspired and Agent-Based Algorithms for Music  

Alice Eldridge and Oliver Bown

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
This chapter examines a range of approaches to algorithmic music making inspired by biological systems, and considers topics at the intersection of contemporary music, computer science, ... More

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Improvisation  

Aaron L. Berkowitz

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Sep 2016
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Apr 2014
Cognitive neuroscience research has begun to elucidate the neural substrates and cognitive processes that are involved in musical improvisation. In turn, the study of improvisation from ... More

Cognitive Processes in Musical Improvisation  

Roger T. Dean and Freya Bailes

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Sep 2016
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Jun 2014
This chapter discusses the conceptual frameworks in which current empirical studies of cognition in musical improvisation are being undertaken. It takes as its starting point the ... More

Community Music Practice with Adults  

Don D. Coffman

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Apr 2018
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Feb 2018
This chapter examines three approaches to teaching and learning that resonate with community music principles and that can help inform the theoretical bases for community music practice, ... More

Compositions Created with Constraint Programming  

Torsten Anders

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
This chapter surveys music constraint programming systems, and how composers have used them. The chapter motivates why and explains how users of such systems describe intended musical ... More

A Computationally Motivated Approach to Cognition Studies in Improvisation  

Brian Magerko

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Sep 2016
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Jan 2015
This chapter presents the guiding design rationale for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Digital Improv Project, which studies human cognition as a means of informing the creation of ... More

Conjuring Magic as Survival: Hip-Hop Theater and Dance  

Halifu Osumare

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Aug 2015
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Sep 2015
This chapter is an inquiry into contemporary hip-hop theater and dance as one of the latest genres of concert theater that is steeped in an Africanist aesthetic with multiracial ... More

A Consciousness-Based Look at Spontaneous Creativity  

Ed Sarath

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Sep 2016
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Sep 2014
This chapter explores improvisation from a consciousness-based standpoint. Examination of an inner mechanics for the transcendent experience frequently reported by improvisers sets the ... More

Defining and Explaining Singing Difficulties in Adults  

Karen Wise

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Sep 2015
Although singing is a universal human activity, many adults in Western society exclude themselves from singing, often self-defining as “non singing” or “tone deaf.” This chapter focuses on ... More

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