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Sound Scripts

Sound Scripts

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A New Historicism? Sound, Music and Ruined Pianos

Abstract

The range of materials and concerns presented within this volume are too wide to simply sum up with any glib comment or conclusion. Like the Bent Leather Band, we have aimed to produce a collection which—while reflecting certain connections and tangential links between historic materials, contemporary practices and live compositional methodologies—remains “free” and unbounded. At the very least, the presenters at the Conference could all agree with Toru Takemitsu that music involves “giving meaning to the stream of sounds that penetrate the world we live in.”19 In the papers of the Conference and the selection thereof which we have reproduced below, we have aimed to present an overview of what some of these meanings and musicological processes might be within the critical, musical and sonic environment of today. We eagerly look forward to the second Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference in April 2007, and hope that you as readers get as much enrichment from these papers as the delegates did from the presentations.

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