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Changes Over Time:Theory - Milton Mermikides

Changes Over Time:Theory - Milton Mermikides

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Milton Mermikides PhD Thesis ©2010 This is the theory portion. The practice portion is a 7CD - 5DVD portfolio of new music with accompanying commentary and scores. All feedback welcome.
Milton Mermikides PhD Thesis ©2010 This is the theory portion. The practice portion is a 7CD - 5DVD portfolio of new music with accompanying commentary and scores. All feedback welcome.

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 Changes Over Time: Theory 
The theoretical modeling, analysis and redeployment of jazz improvisational,and time-feel, mechanisms 
Milton Mermikides
Submitted in partial fulfillment of therequirements for the degreeDoctor of Philosophy in CompositionSupervised by Dr Stephen Goss, Reader in CompositionDepartment of Music and Sound Recording University of Surrey 2010
 
 
 
Contents
Overview 3
 
1. M-Space and Expressive Contours 6
 
1.1 Introduction 6
 
1.2 Background 8
 
1.3 Chains of Thought and Musical Refractions 11
 
1.4 Limitation and Variation of Musical Topics 17
 
1.5 Improvisation as Musical Mutation: M-Space Modelling 25
 
1.6 Changes and Time: Expressive Contours 56
 
1.7 Applications of M-Space and Expressive Contours 69
 
1.8 Reflection 79
 
2. Time-feel 82
 
2.1 Sub-notational Rhythmic Expression 82
 
2.2 Relevant Research 86
 
2.3 SLW Model of Time-feel 89
 
2.4 Where’s the Beat? Determining the Master Time-Line 100
 
2.5 Defining Swing: Offbeat Asymmetry 106
 
2.6 Ensemble Swing and Swing Friction 108
 
2.7 Latency 110
 
2.8 Weighting 112
 
2.9 Time-Feel Matrix 113
 
2.10 Relationships between Swing, Latency and Weighting 116
 
2.11
SLW-Coach
: A Computer Application for Time-feel Analysis 121
 
2.12 Real World Time-feel Analysis 125
 
3. Case Studies 130
 
3.1 59% Swing on Swing '42 131
 
3.2 A Little Drag 134
 
3.3 Constant Friction 139
 
3.4 Swing Blocks 142
 
3.5 Push-Pull 146
 
3.6 Temporal Plasticity 149
 
4. Coda 168
 
4.1 Ongoing Theoretical Research 168
 
4.2 Presentations 170
 
4.3 Glossary 172
 
4.4 References 176
 

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