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(De)Composing Immersion

This dissertation explores various perspectives on the term immersion, and its relation with, and transformation through, a composer’s practice.

Miguelángel Clerc
24 November 2014
Full text available in Leiden Repository

Immersion is presented as a key term to interconnect diverse aspects of musical practice and music listening with their various phenomenological and ontological implications. Immersion through music is proposed as a transitional experience that exposes and interrelates multiple layers of reality, questioning critically the tendency to think immersion as an experience within a particular or self-contained space (in music, in a book, in a virtual environment, in thoughts, in water, in a music hall, etc.).

Miguelángel Clerc's compositions What about Woof? (for five percussionists and video installation), La línea desde el Centro (for twelve guitarists), Eufótica (for six percussionists and tape) and A Bao A Qu (for nine musicians and tape), analyzed and developed through this research trajectory, are the main artistic source to develop the ideas of each chapter of this investigation.

The compositional processes described and the reflections about immersion derived from them offer diverse perspectives on the practical and phenomenological aspects of music composition, performance and listening.

Supervising team

  • Prof. Frans de Ruiter - 1st promotor - Leiden University  
  • Prof. Richard Barrett - 2nd promotor - Instituut voor Sonologie, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag 
  • Dr. Marcel Cobussen - co-promotor - Leiden University
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