An introduction to Horacio Vaggione musical-theoretical Thought

Abstract : In the 1980s, Vaggione began coupling his compositional work with theorisation that can in many ways be described as conceptualising the issues at stake in recent music. This article attempts to summarise and comment on this conceptualisation by proposing an overview in five parts: 1) Interaction. Vaggione develops the idea of complexity as generalised interactivity. 2) Time. His reflection on time defines sound as a dissipative structure of energy and elaborates a multi-scale approach. 3) Morphology. This concept provides the means to bridge the gap between material and form. 4) Singularities. At the heart of Vaggionian thought lies his interest for the "saliences" and "details" which constitute morphological singularities. 5) Object Networks. Vaggione thinks of music as the interlocking of three levels (with variable degrees of temporal size), figures, objects (in the informatic sense of the term) and networks. In conclusion, this article addresses an essential question for Vaggione, that of the operative.
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Makis Solomos. An introduction to Horacio Vaggione musical-theoretical Thought. Contemporary Music Review, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2005, 25 (4-5), p. 311-326. ⟨hal-00770212⟩

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