Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Beyond your circumstances: Enriching experimental music with black Pentecostalism
by Jamieson, Andrew, M.A., Mills College, 2013, 38; 1551687
Abstract (Summary)

I (Andrew Jamieson) discuss my creative process, centered around the transcendence of structures, or the dialogue between them. I define structures broadly, from musical meter and texture to political structures and life circumstances. My core inspiration is black Pentecostal worship. I illustrate black Pentecostalism with examples from City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco. Visiting this church, I experienced music and communal interaction with a clear structure that facilitated presence of the Holy Spirit and even the ability challenge oppressive circumstances. In a similar way, experimental musicians, such as Sun Ra and John Oswald, present and challenge established structures, from jazz grooves to preexisting recorded music and the institutional structure it represents.

My own work, Where Perhaps It's Worse, presents structures from preexisting musical material against which musicians perform their own material and express my own ideas. The primary structural backdrop is the third movement of Luciano Berio's Sinfonia, itself a quote collage. I explore the various ways my work challenges both musical and extramusical structures.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Chris
Commitee: Mitchell, Roscoe
School: Mills College
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Music, Aesthetics
Keywords: Black Pentecostalism, City of refuge, Experimental music, Plunderphonics, Sun ra, Where perhaps it's worse
Publication Number: 1551687
ISBN: 978-1-303-70181-8
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