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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

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

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

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

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

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