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Strict serialism or structured improvisation?: The performance practice inherent in the technical realisation of early electronic music in the WDR Studio, Cologne

Williams, Sean (2014). Strict serialism or structured improvisation?: The performance practice inherent in the technical realisation of early electronic music in the WDR Studio, Cologne. In: Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice 3, 17-20 Jul 2014, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

Through full and part re-realisations of Stockhausen’s Studie II, and Gesang der Jünglinge, some affordances of ‘50s electronic instruments are highlighted, and feedback paths shown between practical technique and compositional approach. Relying on a combination of archive research, examining the original realization tapes, interviews, and creative practice I I try to identify and reassess the contributions of the technicians and technologies, and illustrate how specific practical considerations rebalanced Gesang der Jünglinge from serial order towards structured improvisation.

Opportunities and necessities for performance practice to contribute to a realisation are apparent even in what appears to be, in the case of Studie II, a set of dry technical instructions. With the development of more complicated and demanding sound production techniques, performance practice contributed more and more to the sound of electronic music, and as such needs to be considered as an essential rather than an accidental part of the creative process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords: Stockhausen, performance practice, electronic music
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 48755
Depositing User: Sean Williams
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 16:35
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48755
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