Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Song of Myself: Meaning and Purpose in Improvised Music
by Peck, Jacob A., M.F.A., Mills College, 2013, 34; 1537720
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Frith, Fred, Mitchell, Roscoe
Commitee: Greer, Sandra, Payne, Maggi
School: Mills College
Department: Music
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
Publication Number: 1537720
ISBN: 978-1-303-09514-6
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