Poster Open Access

Meditative Live Coding and Musicological Hindrances

Matthew Tift

In certain situations, music live coding obtains a meditative quality. Meditative live coding can offer benefits beyond the sounds produced, but not in all performances. This paper explores live coding as a method to cultivate mindfulness. It argues that three conventional ideas about musical practice exert a strong regulative force in live coding performance: the notion of the “musical work,” the idea of music as a “thing,” and the conviction that music requires interpretation. Drawing on the work of music scholars such as Lydia Goehr, Carolyn Abbate, and Christopher Small, and deploying a pragmatic approach influenced by William James, this study offers an historically-informed theory of live coding that highlights its usefulness in cultivating an awareness of the present moment.

Files (368.3 kB)
Name Size
paper12.pdf
md5:3a9f3f57be2281f7da25ec9be1e27d20
94.9 kB Download
poster12.pdf
md5:c03b4d86806beefe66d2c863a4595e2d
273.4 kB Download
84
73
views
downloads
All versions This version
Views 8484
Downloads 7373
Data volume 7.6 MB7.6 MB
Unique views 5757
Unique downloads 4646

Share

Cite as