XIII (2019)
Articles

Notation for an Electric Stage: Twenty Years of Writing about Notation and a Thought Experiment. With additional commentary about Preservation

Margaret Schedel
Stony Brook University
Federica Bressan
University of Padua
Published December 15, 2019
Keywords
  • Notation,
  • Moholy-Nagy,
  • Dance,
  • Cognition,
  • Reperformance,
  • Archive
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How to Cite
Schedel, M., & Bressan, F. (2019). Notation for an Electric Stage: Twenty Years of Writing about Notation and a Thought Experiment. With additional commentary about Preservation. Musica/Tecnologia, 13(1), 85-101. https://doi.org/10.13128/music_tec-11164

Abstract

This paper is a sprawling document covering practical issues about music notation with more theoretical implications of notation. A distinction between reperformance and preservation is elucidated, and a thought experiment of how to notate a time-based light sculpture (László Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop for an Electric Stage) encourages readers to think about notation as removed from sonic content. It is vital for composers to create notation that goes beyond the notes, so that pieces involving media can be re-performed in addition to creating an informed archive of the initial state(s) of the work as mediated by the composer themselves.  

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