Musical Notation, Electronic Technology and Cybernetics; a Pragmatic Perspective

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    Abstract

    Composition traditionally means notation and formal organization. Conversely many modern musical works that utilize electronic technologies do not rely on formal notational systems. This paper makes the case for compositional systems, which do not adhere to traditional forms, and in particular those that do not elevate notation as the final musical artifact. Two main areas will be examined: Firstly, the pragmatic philosophical position, as it relates to technology, which argues that text based forms such as notation are unnecessary in works that utilize electronic media. Secondly, the consideration of a systematic framework that facilitates composition with electronic technologies that does not rely on notation, namely Cybernetics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
    EventSound, Sight, Space and Play Postgraduate Conference 2013 - De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 5 Jun 20137 Jun 2013

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    ConferenceSound, Sight, Space and Play Postgraduate Conference 2013
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLeicester
    Period5/06/137/06/13

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    The full text is available from: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/documents/technology-documents/research/mtirc/sssp2013pickles.pdf

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    Pickles, D. (2013). Musical Notation, Electronic Technology and Cybernetics; a Pragmatic Perspective. Paper presented at Sound, Sight, Space and Play Postgraduate Conference 2013, Leicester, United Kingdom.