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Shifting sounds : music as a ritual of transformation

Veltheim, Erkki (2010) Shifting sounds : music as a ritual of transformation. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.

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Abstract

This project explores music performance as a ritual, arguing that its performative form reflects and reinforces a particular worldview and its concomitant social structures and relations. It proposes a definition of a standard Western form of music performance, identifying it to be based on a duality of an active performer and passive audience, and suggests ways in which this form sponsors ‘everyday’ social structures and relations, emphasizing rationality and individuality. It follows this by proposing an alternative form of performance, one of active participation, that is seen to sponsor social structures and relations that emphasize viscerality and community. It draws extensively on the writings of Georges Bataille, particularly his concepts of the sacred, self and community, and the art of Joseph Beuys, particularly his active employment of myth and shamanism, and his concern with the socially transformative potential of art.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master thesis)
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Master of Arts

Uncontrolled Keywords: music, musical performance, musical participation, ritual, transformation, sacred
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2011 22:39
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:46
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/16002
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