Leonardo Music Journal
Issue 20
December 2010

112 pages
ISSN 0961-1215
E-ISSN 1531-4812

Artists' Notes

New Polyphonies: Score Streams, Improvisation and Telepresence

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The author discusses “score streams,” a compositional method in which notations are displayed dynamically on computer screens and interpreted by improvisers. These works are informed by contemporary explorations in telematic performance and by the many methods devised over the past half century in composer-improviser traditions, where works by individuals are understood as catalysts for profoundly collaborative real-time acts of creation. Referencing polyphony both literally and metaphorically, the author points to a richly generative dialogue between recent histories of improvised music and new forms of digital networking technologies.

Michael Dessen (composer), 303 Music and Media Building, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, U.S.A. E-mail: mdessen@uci.edu.

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