In re: Experimental Education

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The use of computers to model the compositional process, applied recursively and with a composer's active input, is akin to the reflective process that takes place in composition as taught through personal supervision. Furthermore, both partake of some aspects of "experimental" music as grounded in the work of composers like Lejaren Hiller and Iannis Xenakis. These propositions are explored with particular reference to the composition-modeling project initiated by Gerhard Nierhaus. The discussion is informed by 2012 Stanford symposium on teaching composition and by an extended account of pragmatist aesthetics, especially as articulated by John Dewey.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPatterns of Intuition
Subtitle of host publicationMusical Creativity in the Light of Algorithmic Composition
EditorsGerhard Nierhaus
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-017-9561-6
ISBN (Print)978-94-017-9560-9
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • experimental music
  • education
  • composition
  • pragmatism
  • aesthetics
  • Stanford
  • John Dewey
  • William James
  • algorithmic composition

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