Corporeality in Music for Contemporary Dance
The focus of this thesis is how the body and its corporeal articulations can be used as a tool for composing for contemporary dance, with the aim of creating music with corporeal qualities that communicates on a physical level. For this purpose the author has collaborated with choreographers in a practice-based approach to examine how the body of the composer can be exploited in composition and performance, and how the voice can be exploited as a mediator between body movement and music. The body and its sensorimotor system is the foundation for our understanding of abstract concepts in music; the immaterial movement of music can serve as a foundation for a deep bodily-sensed understanding of complex concepts. By reversing this process of understanding, or rather by engaging in the action-perception loop of conceptual understanding, this understanding can help encapsulating abstract and complex concepts artistically in music. For this purpose the Feedback Instrument has been created, representing a direct way of engaging the sensorimotor system of the composer, where the intuitive body resonances are engaged in close connection with the sounding music.
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