Otto Laske

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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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An overview of Laske's musical thought as manifested in his original compositions, published lectures, articles, and books. The 11 essays, two by Laske himself, demonstrate the changing environment of composition and research, especially the impact of computer-based technologies; and illuminate the thinking of a pioneer in computer music composition and cognitive musicological research. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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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.

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Table of Contents

A Pioneer in Composition and Research 1
Pt. I Composition and Composition Theory
1 Sonology: A Questionable Science Revisited 21
2 Structure as Performance: Cognitive Musicology and the Objectification of Compositional Procedure 37
3 PROJECT 1 Revisited: On the Analysis and Interpretation of PR1 Tables 53
Pt. II Cognitive Musicology
4 A Brief Overview of Otto Laske's Work 73
5 Portrait of an Extraterrestrian 81
6 Adequacy Criteria for Models of Musical Cognition 93
7 Modeling Musical Thinking 121
Pt. III Composition and Cognitive Musicology in Practice
8 A Composer's Cognitive Musicology 135
9 Furies and Voices: Composition-Theoretical Observations 151
10 Creating Music as an Articulation of Prelinguistic Senses of Self (A Lecture) 169
11 The Newcomp Experiment 181
Bibliography: Selected Works of Otto Laske (1964-1998) 185
Index 201
About the Editor and Contributors 207
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