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Can Harmony Be Non–Linear? Issues in Microtonal Composition and Perception in Response to Glenn Branca’s ‘25 Questions’

Bridges, Brian (2008) Can Harmony Be Non–Linear? Issues in Microtonal Composition and Perception in Response to Glenn Branca’s ‘25 Questions’. In: Society for Musicology in Ireland Annual Conference 2008, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Society for Musicology in Ireland. 4 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Can harmony be non-linear? This is the question which New York composer Glenn Branca has posed in relation to the potential for new developments in the role of harmony in contemporary music. The question will be investigated in relation to a discussion of the characteristics of more traditional conceptions of harmony. The discussion will first focus on aspects which could be considered to be ‘linear’ along with a brief survey of changing approaches to harmony in Western music history. This will be followed by a survey of possibilities for the construction of harmony based on principles of non-linearity in terms of temporal, textural and pitch elements. These possibilities will be discussed with reference to experimental compositions and compositional approaches.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:harmony, microtonal, music, theory, structure, perception, non-linear, memory
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:32092
Deposited By: Dr Brian Bridges
Deposited On:01 Dec 2015 15:09
Last Modified:01 Dec 2015 15:09

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