The Aesthetics of Imperfection in Music and the Arts

Spontaneity, Flaws and the Unfinished

Professor Andy Hamilton (Redaktør) ; Dr Lara Pearson (Redaktør)

The aesthetics of imperfection emphasises spontaneity, disruption, process and energy over formal perfection and is often ignored by many commentators or seen only in improvisation. This comprehensive collection is the first time imperfection has been explored across all kinds of musical performance, whether improvisation or interpretation of compositions. Les mer
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The aesthetics of imperfection emphasises spontaneity, disruption, process and energy over formal perfection and is often ignored by many commentators or seen only in improvisation. This comprehensive collection is the first time imperfection has been explored across all kinds of musical performance, whether improvisation or interpretation of compositions.

Covering music, visual art, dance, comedy, architecture and design, it addresses the meaning, experience, and value of improvisation and spontaneous creation across different artistic media. A distinctive feature of the volume is that it brings together contributions from theoreticians and practitioners, presenting a wider range of perspectives on the issues involved. Contributors look at performance and practice across Western and non-Western musical, artistic and craft forms. Composers and non-performing artists offer a perspective on what is 'imperfect' or improvisatory within their work, contributing further dimensions to the discourse.

The Aesthetics of Imperfection in Music and the Arts features 39 chapters organised into eight sections and written by a diverse group of scholars and performers. They consider divergent definitions of aesthetics, employing both 18th-century philosophy and more recent socially and historically situated conceptions making this an essential, up-to-date resource for anyone working on either side of the perfection-imperfection debate.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction, Andy Hamilton and Lara Pearson

SECTION 1: THE POSITIVE VALUE OF IMPERFECTION
1. The Aesthetics of Imperfection: The Finished Work, and Process Versus Product, Andy Hamilton
2. Taking Aim at Imperfection , David Lloyd
3. The Aesthetics of Imperfection, John Tilbury
4. Reflections on the Value of Imperfection in Crafts Through the Japanese Philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, Vasiliki Tsaknaki
5. Built from the Root, Ever-changing at the Bloom: The Role of Imperfection in Systems of Musical Phonology, Morphology, and Syntax, Nate Wooley
6. Imperfect World, Linda Catlin Smith

SECTION 2: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT
7. A Socially Situated Approach to Aesthetics: Games and Challenges in Karnatak Music, Lara Pearson
8. A Social Aesthetics of Imperfection: Spontaneity and Meaning in Pop on the Streets of China, Samuel Horlor
9. Age, Process, and Self-Raising Flour, Cara Stacey
10. Learning Music Aesthetics Through Imperfection: The Transmission of Shakuhachi Music, Kiku Day

SECTION 3: COMPOSITION V. IMPROVISATION
11. The Inter-Dependence of Composition and Improvisation, Rohan De Saram
12. Improvising Beyond Hamilton's Aesthetics of Imperfection, Louise Gibbs
13. Better Than Perfect: Dave Brubeck and The Aesthetics of Imperfection, Darius Brubeck
14. The Aesthetics of Imperfection in Jazz and Free Improvisation, Trevor Barre
15. Decisions, Revisions, Intentions and Integrity: A Subjective Understanding of Composition and Improvisation, Paul Edis
16. A Literary Aesthetic of Perfection and Imperfection, Rebecca Wallbank

SECTION 4: INTERPRETATION AND FREEDOM
17. Embracing Serendipity in Classical Performance, Stephanie Cant
18. That is Not Freedom, That is Taking License: The Pitfalls in Performing Morton Feldman's Graph Scores, John Snijders
19. Expanding the Ideal: Systemic Music as a Dialogue of Becoming, Kris Tiner

SECTION 5: RISK, DISRUPTION AND FAILURE
20. Live Coding and Failure, Shelly Knotts
21. The Aesthetics of Failure, Claire Zakiewicz
22. The Mistake as Material, Corey Mwamba
23. The Aesthetics of Imperfection: Mistakes, and Hearing What You Intend, Enrico Pieranunzi
24. Risk in Improvisation and in Comedy, Donnchadh O'Conaill
25. Risk, Failure and Courage: Improvisation and Stand-Up Comedy, Victor Dura-Vila
26. Inciting Uncertainty, Mike Baggetta
27. Championing Risk and Discovery: Satoko Fujii and the Experimental Composition Improvisation Continuum, Alister Spence