“We got nothing but time”: Duration, systems theory and musical creativity

Bannister, Matthew (2014) “We got nothing but time”: Duration, systems theory and musical creativity. 2014 Music Educators Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 10-11 July, 2014. (Unpublished)

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In this presentation I offer a critique of the kind of intellectual frameworks typically used to explain creativity in music (for example the kind of research questions typically asked of a student commencing a music project at postgraduate level). These questions are typically analytical, say around the conventions of a genre and how they can be used to produce new work, but they fail in my view to acknowledge creativity as a process, analytical questions being more suitable to assess a finished work, not one that hasn’t even started yet, or is in process. The conventional academic wisdom is that the “new” is a revoicing or recombining of the familiar, but in this formulation, the “new” remains essentially untheorised. I use concepts around creativity as novelty from Henri Bergson, such as duration and movement, to offer a critique of systems theories of creativity (Toynbee, McIntyre and Csikszentmihalyi) that seek to reduce the creative process to a series of “choices” between different pre-existing creative possibilities. In its place I propose a focus on novelty, duration and movement as aspects of creative process.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:Bergson, creativity, Systems theory
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:3290
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Deposited On:08 Sep 2014 03:20
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