Gearing Time Toward Musical Creativity: Conceptual Integration and Material Anchoring in Xenakis’ Psappha

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Besada Portas, José Luis and Barthel-Calvet, Anne-Sylvie and Pagán Cánovas, Cristóbal (2021) Gearing Time Toward Musical Creativity: Conceptual Integration and Material Anchoring in Xenakis’ Psappha. Frontiers in Psychology, 11 . ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

Understanding compositional practices is a major goal of musicology and music theory. Compositional practices have been traditionally viewed as disembodied and idiosyncratic. This view makes it hard to integrate musical creativity into our understanding of the general cognitive processes underlying meaning construction. To overcome this unnecessary isolation of musical composition from cognitive science, in this conceptual analysis, we approach compositional processes with the analytic tools of blending theory, material anchoring, and enaction. Our case study is Iannis Xenakis’ use of sieves for distributing rhythmic patterns in Psappha. Though disregarded in previous accounts, the timeline and the gearwheel provide crucial conceptual templates for anchoring Xenakis’ idea of time for this score. This case study of conceptual integration templates for temporal representation seeks to gain insight into musical creativity, embodiment, and blending, especially into how virtual interactions with material structures facilitate the construction of complex meanings.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:conceptual integration, material anchors, time conceptualization, compositional creativity, enaction, science-based composition, Iannis Xenakis
Subjects:Humanities > Music > Composers
ID Code:63830
Deposited On:17 Feb 2021 09:17
Last Modified:17 Feb 2021 13:53

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