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Tremulous images: An original portfolio of compositions based on and informed by static visual art

Hillyard, Joseph 2020. Tremulous images: An original portfolio of compositions based on and informed by static visual art. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

Leading up to this thesis, my music became increasingly concerned with the representation of specific works of static visual art (painting, photography, sculpture), with my focus having moved from using the chosen artwork as inspiration to using features of the artwork to inform my compositional decisions. My use of Western classical compositional techniques by which to produce a musical work that closely represents the chosen visual artwork became dissatisfying, leading me to seek new methods. The purpose of this thesis is to present these methods, often non-musical in nature, by which to write music that represents a specific static visual artwork. This is done with the intention of said musical works being ideally located in an art space environment (specifically an art gallery or museum), acting as the equivalent to a visual artwork or artefact. This thesis presents details of two installation projects in which I was involved as a contributor, producer, and curator, thus demonstrating the suitability of locating these works in an art space environment while also giving me practical experience of a field that I see my creativity moving towards. By wishing to locate my music in the art space environment, as opposed to a concert environment, I bring the intentions and effects of time into greater consideration, assessing its nature from both a musical and spatial/environmental standpoint. Stemming from Jonathan D. Kramer’s exploration of twentieth-century musical temporalities, in particular their identification of music in ‘vertical time’, I explore possibilities in determining a temporality most suited not only to music responding to static visual art but also to music that acts as an artwork in an art space environment.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 December 2020
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2020 16:38
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/137033

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