Concurrent Design: Building composition through co-design

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Designing a musical composition as a group has similarities to designing an international space mission. Timing is important, there are multiple, recurrent tasks with complex interdependences, and everyone needs to contribute and communicate their best work. This project asks educators to think differently about group composition, focusing on the methodology by which elements of sound can be combined to produce musical flows. Composing as a group should not be the lowest common denominator of the available materials. It should be the result of each participant's best ideas. Paynter and Aston's Sound and Silence aimed to inspire creativity by proposing extra-musical narratives, geographies, or sounds themselves as a stimulus. Inspiration is invaluable. However, moving from inspiration to realisation - the actual how of composing, can be the most challenging and sometimes isolating part of the process for students of any age, however inspired they might be.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreative and Critical Projects in Classroom Music
Subtitle of host publicationFifty Years of Sound and Silence
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780367816179
ISBN (Print) 978-0367417710
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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