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Acknowledgements Introduction Richard Glover, Jennie Gottschalk, and Bryn Harrison Chapter One: Foreshadowing and Recollection: Listening Through Morton Feldman's Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello Bryn Harrison Postlude to Chapter One Richard Glover Chapter Two: Musical brevity in James Saunders' Compatibility hides itself and 511 possible mosaics Bryn Harrison Postlude to Chapter Two Jennie Gottschalk Chapter Three: Separation and Continuity in Chiyoko Szlavnics' Gradients of Detail Richard Glover Postlude to Chapter Three Jennie Gottschalk Chapter Four: Filtering Temporality in Ryoji Ikeda's +/- Richard Glover Postlude to Chapter Four Bryn Harrison Chapter Five: Granulated Time: Toshiya Tsunoda's O Kokos Tis Anixis Jennie Gottschalk Postlude to Chapter Five Bryn Harrison Chapter Six: Monoliths: Laurie Spiegel's The Expanding Universe and Andre O. Moeller's musik fur orgel und eine(n) tonsetzer(in) Jennie Gottschalk Postlude to Chapter Six Richard Glover Chapter Seven: Observations on Musical Behaviors and Temporality Richard Glover, Jennie Gottschalk, and Bryn Harrison Epilogue Appendix: Suggested Further Reading and Listening

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Investigations into the temporal experiences in contemporary experimental and minimal music.

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Richard Glover is a composer and Reader in Music at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Jennie Gottschalk is a composer and the author of Experimental Music Since 1970. Bryn Harrison is a composer and Reader in Composition at the University of Huddersfield, UK.


This is one of the richest, most innovative treatments of temporality's relation to music to appear in the last decade. Musicologists, composers, sound artists, and interdisciplinary scholars interested in the experience of time will find this book rewarding. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. * CHOICE *
Being Time invites readers to share in the subjective reflections of its three authors, who are also accomplished composers ... The selection of musical material is adventurous and uncompromising ... [It] offers closely monitored, musicologically precise commentaries. * The Wire Magazine *
Being Time is fearless in its approach and makes a powerful case for musical experience as a fundamentally intersubjective encounter. It is deeply experimental-a humane and pedagogical project. * Ryan Dohoney, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Northwestern University, USA, author of Saving Abstraction: Morton Feldman, the de Menils, and the Rothko Chapel (forthcoming) *
Being Time locates the potentialities of a work in a listener's ears, mind, and body; centralising listening as the phenomenal, temporal process of seeking identity, form, context, and meaning by reverberations that energize the sensory experiences of location, dislocation; the material and the immaterial; and the mirroring and unmooring of personal and social narratives. This book seeks to find and expand our ways of talking and writing about music and sound art practices, appreciating perception as a critical part of reception. * Michelle Lou, Composer and Sound Artist, USA *

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