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Thinking Music: The Inner Workings of a Composer's Mind

Eduardo Miranda

£49.99

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Postage and Packing Free - Thinking Music tells the inside story to the choral and orchestral work Sound to Sea. It describes in rich detail the
concepts and processes with which Eduardo Reck Miranda engaged in the composition of the symphony.

 

Detailed Description

publication date: Feb 2014

ISBN: 978-1-84102-3-601

hardback cloth bound: 324x247mm

special end papers, head and tail bands

208 pages

£49.99

Sound to Sea alludes to voyages: voyages of discovery and exploration, and also voyages of the mind. The author contemplates the nature and practice of creativity, and provides a personal account of his creative journey. He offers original insights into the art of composing in the 21st century, where scientific developments, and technologies of information and reproduction are transforming the way we think about the nature and practice of creativity.

Professor Miranda used his scientific knowledge and insight to develop methods for composing with the logic of processes in natural growth and evolution, computer simulations of neurones, and models of the human vocal tract. Excerpts from Charles Darwin’s diary and Shakespeare’s poetry mingle with allusions to Elgar, Mozart, and Stravinsky to form a fertile mosaic of scientific and cultural sources of inspiration for Sound to Sea.

Beautifully designed and illustrated, the book includes the full musical score of Sound to Sea and a CD of the recording of its premiere at Plymouth’s Minster Church of St. Andrew by Ten Tors Orchestra, Peninsula Arts Chorale and mezzo-soprano Juliette Pochin, under the baton of Simon Ible. Sound to Sea was commissioned by Plymouth University, which started as a School of navigation in 1862, as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations.

Eduardo Reck Miranda is a composer and Artificial Intelligence scientist. He studied music and computing in Brazil and holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. He served as a research scientist for Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Paris for as number of years and has been appointed Edgar Varèse Guest Professor of Computer Music at Technical University of Berlin. Currently, he is Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Plymouth University, where he leads the internationally noted Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR).


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