Reflections on Composition and Consciousness

Askill, Michael (2015). Reflections on Composition and Consciousness PhD Thesis, School of Music, The University of Queensland. doi:10.14264/uql.2015.955

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Author Askill, Michael
Thesis Title Reflections on Composition and Consciousness
School, Centre or Institute School of Music
Institution The University of Queensland
DOI 10.14264/uql.2015.955
Publication date 2015-10-23
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Robert Davidson
Liam Viney
Total pages 145
Total colour pages 7
Total black and white pages 138
Language eng
Subjects 190406 Music Composition
1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Formatted abstract
This thesis explores the personal, technical, philosophical and worldview perspectives that relate to my recent compositions in an attempt to establish a convincing raison d'être and context for my work as it moves into territory that seems, for me, new and strange. The folio of compositions covers a wide range of approaches and styles and an equally wide range of critical perspectives are explored and presented.

In order to validate the central role of gongs and singing bowls in many of my recent compositions, I present the findings of my detailed research and explorations into their special resonant and harmonic characteristics. The extensive possibilities of the computer and modern sound technologies are also presented as they relate to my different compositional approaches and techniques.

A critical commentary of my compositions is presented in two parts, both delving into a folio of pieces composed between 2011-14. While technical challenges and philosophical aspects are explored in both parts, the emphasis in the first part is on a body of work that is personal and reflective. The second part demonstrates the challenges of recent collaborative projects and the way in which my personal vision has been incorporated, expressed and amplified.

I have treated my compositional practice as a field of endeavour without any preconceived theory. It has been in the course of reflection and analysis that significant concepts have been uncovered and these are discussed in detail, often in the light of ideas gathered from different artistic disciplines and practitioners.
Keyword Composition
Sound
Non-duality
Percussion instruments
Drums
gongs
Singing bowls
Mallets
Ancient sound technology
Digital sound technology
Recording
Synthesizers
DAWs

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Created: Mon, 05 Oct 2015, 06:08:43 EST by Michael Askill on behalf of University of Queensland Graduate School