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How to Compose a PhD Thesis in Music Composition

Pocknee, David Antony (2017) How to Compose a PhD Thesis in Music Composition. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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Abstract

I start from the principle that composition is a historical lineage of techniques that have traditionally been applied to music but need not be. To illustrate this, I apply composition principles to the writing of this PhD thesis. In describing this process, I draw parallels between the music work I have composed during 2013-2017 and the process of thesis writing. Along the way, I show how quantization is not only central to my composition practice but fundamental to the act of composing; I rethink the basic epistemological principles of PhD research, using John Cage's ideology of chance and Arthur Koestler's idea of bisociation; I develop a new set of categories for classifying artworks that use combinatorics, under the umbrella neologism 'completism'; expand upon James Tenney's ideas to create a new typology of musical form based on completist principles; and finish by composing the bibliography, font, page-layout, semantics, word choice, and syntax of the Conclusion of this thesis.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
Depositing User: Jonathan Cook
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 16:23
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 15:01
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/34371

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