Running in circles, with “music” in mind

Melrose, Susan (2017) Running in circles, with “music” in mind. In: Artistic Research in Music: Discipline and Resistance: Artists and Researchers at the Orpheus Institute. Impett, Jonathan ORCID:, ed. Orpheus Institute Series . Leuven University Press, Leuven, pp. 187-210. ISBN 9789462700901, e-ISBN 9789461662323. [Book Section] (doi:10.2307/j.ctt21c4s2g.13)

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What might be some of the implications—for practitioner research into composition, music-making, and performance—of my dogged insistence over the past decade that expert-intuitive process is a vital knowledge practice in art-making? I am aware that some readers, researchers, students, and art-makers might find that observation itself, and/or some of its parts, not only taxing but irrele-vant to her or his own practices and objectives. Some of the terms included in my observation can seem rebarbative, especially to creative practitioners: Why this insistence on “expert,” as in “expert-intuitive”? What should be made of my unadulterated use of the verb “to be”—described by others as “ontologising” (see, for example, Osborne 2000), or to assert existence or being (in place of perception, hypothesis, argument)? And what of “knowledge practice” (or epistemics) when surely what many artists are more concerned with is creativity? Finally, why this insistence on the intuitive—or rather the hyphenated "expert-intuitive”— when research into the nominalised “intuition,” at least, in the late twentieth century, has revealed that uses of the term tend to bring into play notions that are judged to be prejudicial to the pursuit of a reasoned, systematic, and rigorous research undertaking (upon which many judgements of research “quality” and “value” are based)?

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- Melrose, S. (2017). Running in Circles, with “Music” in Mind. In Impett J. (Ed.), Artistic Research in Music: Discipline and Resistance: Artists and Researchers at the Orpheus Institute (pp. 187-210). Leuven (Belgium): Leuven University Press , ISBN 9789462700901. The text has been published by Leuven University Press:
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