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Jenny Gottschalk - Experimental Music Since 1970

Experimentation is a way of working. It pushes past that which is known to discover what lies beyond it, finding new knowledge, forms, and relationships, or accepting a state of uncertainty. For each of these composers and sound artists, craft is developed and transformed in response to the questions they bring to their work. Scientific, perceptual, or social phenomena become catalysts in the operation of the work.

These practices are not presented according to a chronology, a set of techniques, or social groupings. Instead, they are organized according to the content areas that are their subjects, including resonance, harmony, objects, shapes, perception, language, interaction, sites, and histories. Musical materials may be subject, among other treatments, to systemization, observation, examination, magnification, fragmentation, translation, or destabilization. These restless and exploratory modes of engagement have continued to develop over recent decades, expanding the scope of both musical practice and listening.

Paperback, 304 pages, 40 b/w images.
Table of contents

Chapter 1: Defining Features of Experimental Music
1.1. Introduction
1.2. Indeterminacy
1.3. Silence

Chapter 2: Scientific Approaches
2.1. Acts of Discovery
2.2. Harmonic Relations
2.3. Playing with Numbers
2.4. Learning by Making
2.5. Finding Hidden Sounds

Chapter 3: Physicalities
3.1. The Physicality of Performance
3.2. Resonant Spaces
3.3. Objects as Instruments
3.4. From Shape to Sound

Chapter 4: Perception
4.1. The Position of the Listener
4.2. The Perception of Time

Chapter 5: Information, Language, and Interaction
5.1. Treatments of Sonic Information
5.2. The Sounds of Living Beings
5.3. Language
5.4. Interaction

Chapter 6: Place and Time
6.1. Mappings
6.2. Site-Specific Works
6.3. Histories

Chapter 7: Advocates

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic / ISBN: 9781628922479
Medium: Book


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