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Three essays on music, mimesis, and meaning

  • Author(s): Bowden, Sean Leah
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In this thesis, I will present essays centered on two recent projects of my own and one work by Edgard Varèse. In Future fantasy: identity, imagination and internet design I will explore the construction of a promotional web site that functions as an art object. I will also focus on the manipulation and creative organization of digital materials for public display within that website. In Nature musics of the West I will draw on selected philosophical and theoretical works from Horkheimer, Adorno, Derrida and Rousseau to develop a detailed conceptual framework for a small-scale musical play. In the final paper, I will analyze Varèse's Nocturnal, working towards a theoretical study of meaning in his work

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