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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

Describing Sound: The Cognitive Linguistics of Timbre  

Zachary Wallmark and Roger A. Kendall

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Jun 2018
Timbre exists at the confluence of the physical and the perceptual, and due to inconsistencies between these frames, it is notoriously hard to describe. This chapter examines the ... More

Disabled Union Veterans and the Performance of Martial Begging  

Michael Accinno

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Dec 2015
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Jun 2016
This essay discusses the phenomenon of disabled Union veterans who turned to the profession of organ grinding during and after the American Civil War: they became mendicant musicians who ... More

Fetal, Neonatal and Early Infant Experiences of Maternal Singing  

Sheila C. Woodward

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Oct 2017
Singing has its beginnings before birth in the fetal experience of the maternal singing voice. The nature of this form of human musical communication is highlighted against speculation ... More

Free Improvisation as a Path-Dependent Process  

Jared Burrows and Clyde G. Reed

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Sep 2016
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Jun 2014
Freely improvised music lacks commonly used mechanisms (e.g., scores, conductors, shared performance practices) that serve to coordinate choices across performers in other musical genres. ... More

The Ghost in the Music, or the Perspective of an Improvising Ant  

David Borgo

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Sep 2016
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May 2014
One of the particular joys of improvising music together is not knowing precisely the relationship between one’s own actions and thoughts (one has to surprise oneself, after all) or ... More

Group Singing and Social Identity  

Jane W. Davidson and Robert Faulkner

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Jan 2016
Group singing practices interact with socio-cultural context, and this relationship depends on predominant social trends. Furthermore, ability to act in the world is expressed through ... More

Improvisation, Action Understanding, and Music Cognition with and without Bodies  

Vijay Iyer

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Sep 2016
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Jun 2014
A posited definition of improvisation encompasses such a broad range of human actions that it is helpful to consider both improvisation and rhythm in terms of embodied cognition and a ... More

Investigating Choral Pedagogies: The State of the Choral Art in Germany  

Martin Ramroth

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Apr 2017
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Mar 2017
While Western Europe heralds a celebrated tradition of classical choral music, conductors and choral pedagogues from other continents are often astounded to learn of the disparities among ... More

Multimodal Music in Infancy and Early Childhood  

Sandra E. Trehub

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Sep 2018
Music in the early years is best understood as creative play with sound and body. Infants are highly responsive observers of mothers’ multimodal singing, which consists of expressive ... More

Music and Psychoanalysis  

Sander L. Gilman

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Jul 2018
When theories of the psyche approach music, the question of the embodiment of music becomes a means of understanding the nature of both music and the psyche. Within psychoanalysis there ... More

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