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Abhinavagupta

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art — Religious Studies — Indian Music — Hinduism.

(c.975–1025)

Greatest of the Kashmiri Śaiva theologians. His works deal with the theoretical, yogic, and ritual

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Auditory Imagination

Daniel A. Schmicking.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination, Volume 1

September 2019; p ublished online August 2019 .

Article. Subjects: Sound Studies; Philosophy of Music. 11968 words.

Daniel Schmicking explores auditory imagination from a phenomenological perspective. He starts with an outline of phenomenological tools building mainly on Husserl’s thinking, and then sets...

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Bodies, Border, Technology

Adriene Jenik.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online December 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 6724 words.

This chapter considers the ways in which distance can be accounted for and utilized in improvisational practices. It rejects the notion that proximal bodies in space are a necessary...

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Bondy, Egon

Pavla Jonssonová.

in Oxford Music Online

P ublished online March 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy of Music; Contemporary Music. 349 words.

[Fišer, Zbyněk]

(b Prague, 20 Jan 1930; d Bratislava, 9 April 2007).Czech philosopher, writer, and poet, and a leading figure of the Czechoslovak underground. Egon Bondy’s...

Creating a Framework for Music Making and Leisure

Marie McCarthy.

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure

February 2017; p ublished online January 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Music Education and Pedagogy; Philosophy of Music. 8576 words.

This chapter revisits the writings of music sociologist and educator Max Kaplan (1911–1998) to inform efforts to bring together the domains of leisure and music making in the twenty-first...

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Developing a Cultural Theory of Music Making and Leisure

Karl Spracklen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure

February 2017; p ublished online January 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Music Education and Pedagogy; Philosophy of Music. 7739 words.

People listen to music in their leisure time, in leisure spaces, as a supposedly free act of agency. Yet social and cultural theorists show that leisure choices and spaces are constrained...

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Imposture as Improvisation

Antoinette LaFarge.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online December 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 9527 words.

This chapter discusses imposture as a form of improvisation that takes place outside of traditional theatrical space and over a comparatively long timeline. The author analyzes both obscure...

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Improvisation and Ecclesial Ethics

Samuel Wells.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 7044 words.

This chapter shows why and how Christian ethics is helpfully linked to improvisation in the theater. It describes universal (ethics for anyone), subversive (ethics for the excluded), and...

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Improvisation in Contemporary Experimental Poetry

Hazel Smith.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online December 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 9378 words.

This chapter characterizes recent developments in improvisation in contemporary experimental poetry. It traces the evolution of improvised poetry from the work of classic improvisers such...

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Improvisation in Freestyle Rap

Ellie M. Hisama.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Musicology and Music History; Philosophy of Music. 4037 words.

This chapter explores the process of improvisation by emcees in freestyle, or improvised, rap. Drawing on interviews with and writings by freestyle practitioners as well as on recent...

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The Improvisation of Poetry, 1750–1850

Angela Esterhammer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 7319 words.

The “Romantic century” (1750–1850) saw the rise and decline of a distinctive type of improviser: the improvvisatore or improvvisatrice, a solo poet-performer who spontaneously composed...

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Improvisation of the Masses

Ge Wang.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online February 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music and Media; Philosophy of Music. 3419 words.

The mass-scale adoption of modern mobile computing technology presents immense potential to reshape the way we engage one another socially, creatively, and musically. This article explores...

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Improvisation Technology as Mode of Redesigning the Urban

Christopher Dell and Ton Matton.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online February 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 7743 words.

This chapter elaborates on the notion of improvisation in urban design from a specific perspective, not as an informal, non-planning endeavor but as a way to re-use planning from a...

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Improvisation, Time, and Opportunity in the Rhetorical Tradition

Glyn P. Norton.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online April 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music; Music Theory and Analysis. 10928 words.

This chapter traces the origins of improvisation as a principle of classical rhetoric emerging from Greek declamation. The work of Alcidamas, contemporary of Plato, figures prominently in...

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Improvisatory Practices and the Dawn of the New American Cinema

Sara Villa.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online February 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music and Media; Philosophy of Music; Musicology and Music History. 7658 words.

In 1960, cinema critic Jonas Mekas welcomed the advent of the New American Cinema, praising the wave of independent movies produced in late 1950s for their casual and fragmentary nature....

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Improvising the Future in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Eric Porter.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online December 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 11556 words.

This chapter examines how New Orleanians in the post-Katrina era have drawn upon African American–rooted parade traditions, especially the practice of second lining, to respond to what some...

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Interspecies Improvisation

David Rothenberg.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online December 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 9566 words.

The concept of “interspecies improvisation” is introduced as a way to communicate by using music from the human species with other musical species, especially those with creative and...

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Introduction

George E. Lewis and Benjamin Piekut.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 16613 words.

The editors survey the history of the scholarly study of improvisation; although music scholars have led the recent push toward a consolidation of critical improvisation studies as an...

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Introduction

George E. Lewis and Benjamin Piekut.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Philosophy of Music. 16617 words.

The editors survey the history of the scholarly study of improvisation; although music scholars have led the recent push toward a consolidation of critical improvisation studies as an...

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Introduction

Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner and Joseph Straus.

in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies

December 2015; p ublished online June 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Musicology and Music History; Philosophy of Music. 4805 words.

The new, interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies offers a sociopolitical analysis of disability, focusing on its social construction and shifting attention from biology to culture....

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