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date: 30 November 2020

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“Jurisgenerative Grammar” is concerned with the interplay of legality and criminality in the generation of language and music. It examines how a kind of fugitive poetics is enacted in the fall into what Martin Heidegger refers to as the commercium, a social space marked by the propensity for song, chatter, and idle talk. This essay argues that the commercium is, in fact, a place for thought and thoughtful creation. Its aesthetic sociality animates the compositional and improvisational practices in which Anthony Braxton is engaged in the making of his “language musics,” even when such music is given in solo performance.

Keywords: commercium, criminality, fugitive poetics, jurisgenerative, sociality, solo performance

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