Otto Laske

Otto Laske

by Jerry Tabor
     
 

Revolutionary approaches to compositional practice and musicological research have been associated with Otto Laske's work for over a quarter of a century. Laske's scientific understanding of the compositional process has made it possible to systematically formalize computer-assisted and computer synthesized music. In this book, international scholars survey new

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Revolutionary approaches to compositional practice and musicological research have been associated with Otto Laske's work for over a quarter of a century. Laske's scientific understanding of the compositional process has made it possible to systematically formalize computer-assisted and computer synthesized music. In this book, international scholars survey new directions in compositional and musicological practices as influenced by Laske's pioneering work. These two seemingly independent areas of inquiry, composition,and musicology, are presented as a comprehensive integration. The essays offer an interdisciplinary examination of issues imbued with ethnographic considerations of the musical experience, research in perception and brain functions, the design of computer-based neural networks that emulate human musical activities, investigations into the psychological make-up of artists, and a unique perspective on how computers are used in many different areas of music. Compositional and cognitive musicological research are placed in a historical perspective and accompanied with contemporary issues surrounding this research. An interview with Otto Laske and two of his own essays are also included.

This study of Otto Laske will appeal to musicologists and students of music theory and composition. Its interdisciplinary content will also interest scholars in a variety of fields including electronic music, ethnomusicology, computer science, artificial intelligence and other cognitive sciences, psychology, and philosophy. Researchers will appreciate the comprehensive bibliography of Laske's compositions and writings.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313306327
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/1999
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Music and Dance Series, #53
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

JERRY TABOR is Assistant Professor of Music at Salisbury State University in Maryland where he coordinates and teaches in the composition, computer music, and theory programs.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Pioneer in Composition and Research1
Pt. IComposition and Composition Theory
1Sonology: A Questionable Science Revisited21
2Structure as Performance: Cognitive Musicology and the Objectification of Compositional Procedure37
3PROJECT 1 Revisited: On the Analysis and Interpretation of PR1 Tables53
Pt. IICognitive Musicology
4A Brief Overview of Otto Laske's Work73
5Portrait of an Extraterrestrian81
6Adequacy Criteria for Models of Musical Cognition93
7Modeling Musical Thinking121
Pt. IIIComposition and Cognitive Musicology in Practice
8A Composer's Cognitive Musicology135
9Furies and Voices: Composition-Theoretical Observations151
10Creating Music as an Articulation of Prelinguistic Senses of Self (A Lecture)169
11The Newcomp Experiment181
Bibliography: Selected Works of Otto Laske (1964-1998)185
Index201
About the Editor and Contributors207

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