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18:00 - 19:00 27 November 2013

Reason and Creativity in Music Performance


Haldane Room | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
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Dr. Elaine Chew, Professor of Digital Media (Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London)

Music listening is a ubiquitous phenomenon worldwide, primarily because it titillates the senses. When immersed in music, the listener may be swept away by its intensity, experience feelings of transcendence, poignancy, or serenity, or simply marvel at the intricacies of the piece or the performer's pyrotechnics. Reason may seem like a distant concept disjoint from the visceral experience of the music. Contrary to popular belief that performers emote and indulge in hedonic expression, behind every successful performance is a series of deliberate and interconnected decisions that result from principled reasoning, exploiting the nature of human cognition of music. It is these choices that underscore the creativity in music performance. Using scientific and computational tools, I shall uncover evidence for some of these design strategies employed in expert performance.


Mark Huckvale


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