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Making It Up Together – The Art of Collective Improvisation in Balinese Music and Beyond - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Making It Up Together: The Art of Collective Improvisation in Balinese Music and Beyond

Leslie A. Tilley


Collective, or group, improvisation exists in almost every music culture, but its manifestations differ widely. This book proposes terminology, concepts, and methods for examining divergent practices in a unified way, developing and testing broadly-applicable analytical frameworks of improvisatory process and collectivity through musical analysis. At the micro-level, the book offers insight into the note-by-note decisions of improvising performers. Its two central case studies present contrasting Balinese gamelan practices, of the interlocking four-person melodic reyong norot and paired kendan ... More

Keywords: collective improvisation, improvisation, kendang arja, arja drumming, reyong norot, Balinese gamelan, analytical framework, musical analysis, ethnographically-informed musical analysis, comparative analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226661131
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226667744.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie A. Tilley, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology