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Musikskapande med  slumpen som inspiration
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Department of Jazz.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This thesis is about getting inspiration from and creating with chance, and how I discovered different ways to create random notes and rhythms for the purpose of writing jazz compositions. I have used different software and apps to create random content and tried to get inspired from it. In some occasions I only needed a few notes or a simple rhythm to get enough inspiration to create a full composition. 

I got the idea of using chance to create music a couple of years back when I was studying music at Fridhems Folkhögskola. There I recorded a bag of microwave popcorn popping and quickly realized that it was full of rhythmic material. I transcribed some of the rhythms and composed a song from it. In this process I wanted to develop my method and think of new ways to create random sequences. I found several apps useful for this purpose. I also found a way to export these sequences as MIDI-information in the form of note pitches and rhythms into the notating software Sibelius, which allows you to rearrange these notes and rhythms in many ways.

In my work I discuss the effect of having randomly created elements in music. How does ”random” sound in a jazz context? How does musicians react to music that is composed from random elements and what effect can it have on the improvised parts? When working with randomly created notes and rhythms there’s also a discrepancy between me as a creator and the random musical content which is derived from something else, outside myself. That is something I found useful in the sense of reducing some of the self criticism which often occurs when creating and writing music.

The differens tools I used in my work can create an endless amount of material. 

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2019.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kmh:diva-3151OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kmh-3151DiVA, id: diva2:1320765
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Available from: 2019-06-07 Created: 2019-06-05 Last updated: 2019-06-07Bibliographically approved

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