Sound work: composition as critical technical practice

Impett, Jonathan ORCID logoORCID:, ed. (2021) Sound work: composition as critical technical practice. Orpheus Institute Series . Leuven University Press, Leuven. pbk-ISBN 9789462702585, e-ISBN 9789461663665. [Book] (doi:10.11116/9789461663665)


The potential for critical technical practice in the creation of music
The practices and perception of music creation have evolved with the cultural, social and technological contexts of music and musicians. But musical authorship, in its many technical and aesthetic modes, remains an important component of music culture. Musicians are increasingly called on to share their experience in writing. However, cultural imperatives to account for composition as knowledge production and to make claims for its uniqueness inhibit the development of discourse in both expert and public spheres. Internet pioneer Philip Agre observed a discourse deficit in artificial intelligence research and proposed a critical technical practice, a single disciplinary field with “one foot planted in the craft work of design and the other foot planted in the reflexive work of critique. … A critical technical practice rethinks its own premises, re-evaluates its own methods, and reconsiders its own concepts as a routine part of its daily work.”

This volume considers the potential for critical technical practice in the evolving situation of composition across a wide range of current practices. In seeking to tell more honest, useful stories of composition, it hopes to contribute to a new discourse around the creation of music.

Item Type: Book
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Music group
Item ID: 35356
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Depositing User: Jonathan Impett
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 09:39
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2022 10:43

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