Practice-as-research in music performance

Dogantan-Dack, Mine (2012) Practice-as-research in music performance. In: The SAGE handbook of digital dissertations and theses. Andrews, Richard N. L., Borg, Erik, Davis, Stephen N., Domingo, Myrrh and England, Jude, eds. SAGE Publications Ltd. ISBN 9780857027399. [Book Section] (doi:10.4135/9781446201039.n16)


This chapter investigates the shift in the contemporary music studies landscape from a primarily text-based ideology to include performance as embodied construction of subjectivity and knowledge, thus moving away from a primarily monomodal towards a multimodal approach to performance studies. The chapter argues for the vital importance of practice-based research projects undertaken by performers for the continual thriving of performance studies within contemporary Musicology. In spite of the recent paradigm shift from a score-based to a performance-based understanding of music, the dominant disciplinary discourse in music performance studies involves traces of a monomodal conception of music – and of musical performance – that regards them as functioning similarly to a musical score-cum-literary text. The pervasive textual ideology diminishes the role and value of aesthetic-existential experiences, as well as the expert skills and knowledge of musicians in performance making. The chapter also puts forward the argument that while digital technologies played a crucial role in the establishment of Performance Studies as a discipline, the potentials they offer for multimodal knowledge production and dissemination, and for a multimodal conception of musical performance have not been exploited: digital technologies present performer-researchers with unprecedented opportunities to represent their artistry and scholarship through aural-discursive multimodal discourses to be listened to and read as both artistic practice and research. As a case study of a practice-based research project, the chapter presents the author’s Alchemy project, which explores the processes of live musical performance and the embodied-aesthetic quest driving the practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
Item ID: 11693
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