Constructing music culture

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Högskolan för scen och musik

Abstract: This essay explores the creative possibilities of worldbuilding applied to music. It presents anthropological approaches to analysing music culture, and settles upon four main factors (meaning – situation – performance – content) as a basis for a creation of a fictional culture. Through the course of the essay, an example culture will be created, with very brief musical examples, as a demonstration of possible end results and uses of this method of composition.It is simultaneously a response to a lack of authenticity in fantasy music, and a study of how to apply anthropological conclusions to a compositional process.

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