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Att komponera & associera: Hur ett idémedium tenderar att styra den intuitiva processen och hur färger kan hjälpa mig att göra bredare associationer under kompositionsstadiet
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music and Art.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Composition and Association : How a medium for translating ideas tend to affect the intuitive process an how colours can help me make wider associations during the stage of composing a musical piece. (English)
Abstract [sv]

Denna uppsats diskuterar den komplexa och undermedvetna process som ger upphov till

spontana musikaliska idéer. Förhoppningen med detta arbete är att fungera som

underlag för vidare och mer utarbetade teorier kring uppkomsten av spontana

musikaliska idéer och hur vi kan kombinera vår intuitiva och diskursiva kunskap i syfte

att få mer originella idéer. För att uppnå syfte har fyra musikaliska verk inspirerade av

färger skrivits med fokus på det melodiska innehållet. De fyra verken är komponerade

utan instrument (Idémedium) och har sedan på gehör programmerats och arrangerats

(digitalt) med utgångspunkt i de respektive färgunderlagen. Övningen har sedan

utvärderats och diskuterats med utgångspunkt i de idéer om den intuitiva

härledningsprocessen som formulerats i samband med arbetet. Produkterna av de fyra

musikaliska verken för detta arbete uppvisar tydliga olikheter sinsemellan. Vissa tydligt

medvetna associationer går direkt att härleda ur respektive färgunderlag samtidigt som

vissa mer svårmotiverade val har gjorts under komponerings- och


Abstract [en]

This study has been formed through a series of thoughts regarding the complex and

subconscious process that form spontaneous musical ideas - the process of intuition.

The expectations with this essay is to underlay future, and more thorough, theories

about the origin of spontaneous ideas and how we can combine our intuitive knowledge

and our discursive knowledge in order to get more original ideas. In an attempt to test

how spontaneous musical ideas might get affected by the use of a medium for

translating ideas (in this case a musical instrument) four songs have been composed

without the use of musical instruments. In the process of composing the songs, colours

have figured as a source of inspiration in an attempt to “force” the intuitive process to

take less direct ways to a source of information based on past experience of music. The

argument for this is that a colour is a non-musical stimulus which in contrast to a

musical stimulus (something with musical qualities to it) makes it harder for our

intuition to take shortcuts to relevant data based on our past experiences of music. The

four songs later got lightly arranged with an intuitive approach, which in this case

means to ”as little as possible” reflect (discursively) over the choices of instruments

and other aspects of the arrangement. This exercise has then been discussed and

evaluated with reference to my assumptions about the intuitive process. The result of


this exercise shows four songs that are remarkably different from one another and also

some potentially ”unwanted” side effects of the chosen method for testing these ideas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
composition, colours, intuition, medium, idea, association
Keyword [sv]
komposition, färger, intuition, idémedium, association
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56980OAI: diva2:983680
Subject / course
Educational program
Music Production Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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