A practical and theoretical framework for understanding contemporary animated scoring practices

Smith, Ryan Ross
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Century, Michael
Bahn, Curtis
Oliveros, Pauline, 1932-
Cox, Christoph
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This representational directness results in part from the distillation of notational information to what is often a small collection of graphic notational elements and their respective dynamic functionalities. Although these elements appear to emerge from the visual aesthetics of 20th century graphic notational practices, when combined with their dynamic functionalities they demonstrate a prescriptive specificity that reflect the prescriptive capacities of common practice notation [CPN]. However, the directness of AMN does not require one to understand an extensive symbol system like that of CPN in order to successfully engage; again, the performer is simply provided real-time instructions as to what to do and when to do it, and often on momentary, event by event basis. This directness, and the ephemerality of the score itself, require the notation to be immediately accessible to the performer. Thus, the animated score leads to a diminishment of the amateur-professional divide commonly associated with the Western musical tradition, specifically regarding the requirements that one gain a thorough understanding of CPN, including how to interpret these marks both technically and aesthetically.
August 2016
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Dept. of the Arts
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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