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Generative Processes in MusicThe Psychology of Performance, Improvisation, and Composition$
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John Sloboda

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508465.001.0001

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Improvisation: methods and models

Improvisation: methods and models

(p.129) 7 Improvisation: methods and models
Generative Processes in Music

Jeff Pressing

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a monumental survey of concepts from a number of disciplines that are relevant to an understanding of improvisation, and outlines a theory of improvisation that concentrates on the psychological bases for moment-to-moment choices within an improvisational structure. The theory is associationistic in nature, and proposes that improvisation proceeds by means of choices of elements which either continue or interrupt some aspect of the immediately preceding context. It deals with the note-by-note structure of an improvisation.

Keywords:   improvisation, psychology, neuropsychology, creativity

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