Abstract

Abstract:

When we think of improvised musical performance, we commonly think of musicians engaged in an activity that brings forth a musical event of some kind. This activity is both situated and situating—it occurs in a particular locale and the event itself situates the players who are literally located within that event. This paper explores how we might understand the spatio-temporal field in which improvising musicians are situated when they perform. To comprehend what I refer to as the “horizonal field” of improvised musical performance requires understanding the nature of listening and hearing, the materiality of sound, and the spatio-temporal qualities of the audible event itself. Considering each of these topics, this paper presents the “horizonal field” of improvised musical performance as a particular region bounded by silence.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-7809
Print ISSN
0021-8510
Pages
pp. 78-95
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-16
Open Access
No
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