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Orchestrating the Chimera: Musical Hybrids, Technology and the Development of a "Maximalist" Musical Style

David A. Jaffe
Leonardo Music Journal
Vol. 5 (1995), pp. 11-18
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1513155
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1513155
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

This article describes the "maximalist" approach the author takes in his musical composition. This approach embraces heterogeneity and allows for complex systems of juxtapositions and collisions, in which all outside influences are viewed as potential raw material. The focus here is on the notion of hybridization, in which two or more sharply defined and highly contrasting aspects of experience are combined to produce something that is both alien and strangely familiar. Recent technological advances have allowed hybridization to extend into the realms of the synthesis of sound itself, the ensemble relationship between musical lines and the connection between performer and instrument.

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