Nonlinear Phenomena in Contemporary Musical Composition and Performance

Michael Edgerton, Jürgen Neubauer, Hanspeter Herzel

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Nonlinear phenomena have been reported in many diverse disciplines, including physics, health sciences, engineering, literature, neurology, geology and music. As this paper will show, nonlinear phenomena have robust potential for both performance and composition. It has been shown that nonlinear phenomena occur in the sound production of extra-normal extended techniques for both voices and musical instruments. Further, it is clear that many of the tools used to describe nonlinear phenomena may offer appropriate philosophical and/ or constructional processes in the service of contemporary musical composition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-65
Number of pages36
JournalPerspectives of New Music
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Music
  • Biophysics
  • Other Physics Topics


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