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Title: Embodied Creativity: A Composer's Practice
Authors: Beck, Jenny
Advisors: Dennehy, Donnacha
Contributors: Music Department
Keywords: creativity
Subjects: Musical composition
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Embodiment, rooted in the integration of the body and mind, acknowledges the pivotal role the physical body plays in cognitive processes. Embodied creative practices aim to strengthen this connection and utilize it in creative work, fostering holistic working methods that embrace both intellectual and physical aspects of creativity. This dissertation explores composers' engagement with embodied practices and their profound impact on the creative process.Drawing from influences such as yoga and meditation, this paper examines the interconnectedness of the intellect, emotions, and physicality in creativity. Neglecting this mind-body connection often leads to burnout, disconnect from creative impulses, and deprioritizing personal experiences. Cultivating an embodied creative practice is essential for nurturing emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and resilience, and vice versa. This paper focuses on the work of Pauline Oliveros, Joan La Barbara, Laurie Spiegel, and Pamela Z, all of whom exemplify embodied approaches, showcasing works that embrace the physicality and emotionality of creative expression. By combining the work of others with my personal experiences, this dissertation emphasizes the transformative nature of creativity. Engaging in embodied practices can reshape perceptions, providing new opportunities for creative expression and fostering personal growth. By nurturing this dynamic system encompassing brain, body, and world, a sustainable and authentic creative practice emerges. Though not exhaustive, this dissertation serves as an artistic memoire, shedding light on the significance of the mind-body connection in composition and offering inspiration for others to cultivate their own embodied creative practices. The portfolio component for this dissertation includes the pieces Go in Secret, Long It Glows, By the Time We Look for It, If Not, Winter, and the album Up to the Surface. Scores for the first four of these are included here; Up to the Surface is an electronic work and does not have a score.
Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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