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Billy Connolly, Daniel Barenboim, Willie Wonka, Jazz Bastards, and the Universality of Improvisation

Raymond MacDonald and Graeme Wilson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 8386 words.

Group musical improvisation is an important artistic, educational, and therapeutic process, and understanding the unique mental, individual, and social processes involved should be a key...

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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Improvisation

Aaron L. Berkowitz.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online April 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 8149 words.

Cognitive neuroscience research has begun to elucidate the neural substrates and cognitive processes that are involved in musical improvisation. In turn, the study of improvisation from the...

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Cognitive Processes in Musical Improvisation

Roger T. Dean and Freya Bailes.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 7888 words.

This chapter discusses the conceptual frameworks in which current empirical studies of cognition in musical improvisation are being undertaken. It takes as its starting point the...

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A Computationally Motivated Approach to Cognition Studies in Improvisation

Brian Magerko.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 4554 words.

This chapter presents the guiding design rationale for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Digital Improv Project, which studies human cognition as a means of informing the creation of...

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Conjuring Magic as Survival

Halifu Osumare.

in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater

August 2015; p ublished online September 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Dance; Music Cognition. 9459 words.

This chapter is an inquiry into contemporary hip-hop theater and dance as one of the latest genres of concert theater that is steeped in an Africanist aesthetic with multiracial proponents....

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A Consciousness-Based Look at Spontaneous Creativity

Ed Sarath.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online September 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 9783 words.

This chapter explores improvisation from a consciousness-based standpoint. Examination of an inner mechanics for the transcendent experience frequently reported by improvisers sets the...

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Defining and Explaining Singing Difficulties in Adults

Karen Wise.

in The Oxford Handbook of Singing

P ublished online September 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music Cognition. 9772 words.

Although singing is a universal human activity, many adults in Western society exclude themselves from singing, often self-defining as “non singing” or “tone deaf.” This chapter focuses on...

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Disabled Union Veterans and the Performance of Martial Begging

Michael Accinno.

in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies

December 2015; p ublished online June 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 8058 words.

This essay discusses the phenomenon of disabled Union veterans who turned to the profession of organ grinding during and after the American Civil War: they became mendicant musicians who...

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Free Improvisation as a Path-Dependent Process

Jared Burrows and Clyde G. Reed.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition; Music Education and Pedagogy; Music Theory and Analysis. 9376 words.

Freely improvised music lacks commonly used mechanisms (e.g., scores, conductors, shared performance practices) that serve to coordinate choices across performers in other musical genres....

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The Ghost in the Music, or the Perspective of an Improvising Ant

David Borgo.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 10082 words.

One of the particular joys of improvising music together is not knowing precisely the relationship between one’s own actions and thoughts (one has to surprise oneself, after all) or between...

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