Elements of an Aesthetic Universe.

Systematisation of Atonality and Dissonance in Amotivic Serial Music Composition

Researcher:
Bart Vanhecke
Supervising team:
Prof. dr. Mark Delaere (promotor), Luc Van Hove (co-promotor)
Musician type:
composer
Keywords:
amotivic, atonal, composition, dissonant, interval groups, serial composition technique
Duration:
2009-2015
Century:
20th century music

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Abstract

The aesthetic universe of an artist is his or her world of aesthetic thought and knowledge. This aesthetic universe may have its own ‘endophysical laws’. The present doctoral research in the arts assesses a compositional technique called Chromatic Interval Group serialism (CIG-serialism), a technique developed by the author in 1997. 

The aim of this technique is to compose music that is highly atonal and dissonant in a systematic way. The technique is used by the author to express the aesthetic ideas belonging to his personal aesthetic universe. It abides by its personal laws of tonality and consonance reflected by formulas to determine degrees of tonality and consonance of any group of notes, which represent two of the endophysical laws of his aesthetic universe. These formulas were developed and then used to assess the original CIG-technique and to adapt the technique in order to enhance the desired result of systematic atonality and dissonance, which was the goal of the research. It resulted in the development of ‘general CIG-serialism’. The artistic output of the research consists of seven compositions that together form the ‘Elements Project’.

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May 5, 2015 (16h00)

Bart Vanhecke's PhD defense

On Tuesday May 5 2015, Bart Vanhecke defended his doctoral dissertation titled Elements of an Aesthetic Universe. Systematisation of Atonality and Dissonance in Amotivic Serial Music Composition at Leuven University.