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Author Woods, Belinda Jane, author, composer.

Title Artistic identity : music and the mirror / Belinda Jane Woods.

Published [Southbank, Victoria] : University of Melbourne, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund SpC/T  WOODS  2016 v.1    NOT FOR LOAN
 UniM Bund SpC/T  WOODS  2016 v.2    NOT FOR LOAN
Physical description 2 volumes, bound : music ; 30 cm + 3 audio discs (CD audio)
Notes Typescript.
Thesis notes Thesis (Ph.D.)-- Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of the VCA and Music, University of Melbourne, 2016.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 168-185, volume 1)
Contents volume 1. Thesis -- Volume 2. Appendices (with 3 audio discs)
Summary This exegesis investigates the nature and construct of a musician's Artistic Identity as it relates to the composer/performer construct arising in improvised music practice. As a Practice-led Research project the creation of significant musical works involving the creative processes of composition and improvisation were examined alongside a phenomenological investigation into the personal experience of Artistic Identity as realised through the author's practice of music. Situated in the context of the ontology of being, the dialogue between the author's reflexive engagement with her creative processes and creative output was at the core of this investigation. It was found that identity is a malleable construct that is open to reinvention and regeneration, a construct that is continually in the processes of becoming, propelled toward the future by ontological understanding of one's self in relation to being-in-the-world. Yet as an epithet identity was found to be apprehended specifically in relation to a given time and circumstance. Therefore it was deemed necessary to investigate the construct of the author's Artistic Identity in relation to its active cultivation in terms of current musical processes and outcomes. The creative work to arise from this investigation encompassed the recording of three studio albums of original works which in turn encompassed the primary data-set by which the author examined the performed outcomes of her creative output and the audible “stamp” of her Artistic Identity as evidenced in the body of her works. Additional data was collected through audio and audio-visual recordings of live performances and the keeping of a journal in which the author reflected upon the phenomenon of Artistic Identity as it was informed through her musical practice and research into literature on the subjects of music, identity, the philosophy of self and being. Analysis of this data enabled the author to distinguish the elements that contribute to her sound as an improviser and composer - the distinctive tonal qualities and utilisation of musical materials as evident in the body of her works, the utilisation and articulation of which facilitates self-expression through the cultivation of a personal voice. It was the author's ongoing identification with the sounds she produced, as an improviser and a composer, the range of creative processes that contribute to a creative musical practice, and the energetic, aesthetic and conceptual parameters of composing, practicing, rehearsing, performing, recording and producing those works that constructed her perception of presenting an Artistic Identity. The author found that her Artistic Identity was constructed through an ongoing engagement with the processes of developing a personally meaningful musical vocabulary and mode of expression. This primarily took place through the setting of creative intentions and the projection of those intentions toward future musical activities. By situating her personal voice as an improviser within the context of performing original compositions the author was able to frame her inherent abilities, tendencies and capacities for sonic manipulation and isolate the specific inter-relationships between creative processes and performed sound. It was the identification with these distinguishing characteristics and inter-relationships that presented as constructing, over an extended period of time, the author's Artistic Identity.
Language notes Staff notation.
Subject Improvisation (Music)
Composition (Music)
Music -- Australia -- 21st century.
Identity in art.
Identity (Philosophical concept) in art.
Identity (Psychology) in art.
music and self ; artistic identity ; music identity ; improvisation identity ; Australian music.