What is musical improvisation and what can we say of its effect upon musicians, listeners, and the world? This paper explores the relations between Jungian psychology, chaos theory, and pure musical improvisation, positing that the unconscious dynamics of the psyche, as well as the process and content of musical improvisation, are both examples of chaotic dynamical systems. The paper goes on to present the potential implications of such. By drawing upon psychological insights into symbology, the implications of the advancement of chaos theory, and the experiences and thoughts of various musical improvisors, this paper seeks to elucidate and further the study and practice of musical improvisation in the world.
|Advisor:||Frith, Fred, Mitchell, Roscoe|
|Commitee:||Greer, Sandra, Payne, Maggi|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Music education, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Chaos, Consciousness, Improvisation, Jung, Carl G., Music, Unconscious|
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