BOOK TALK

I recently gave a talk at OSU’s Lectures in Musicology series, which can now be found here. Unfortunately the Q&A wasn’t recorded, but I think/hope that this nevertheless serves as a nice introduction to the project, as well as a taste of what I have to say about Eric Dolphy.

IMPROVISATION TAXONOMY

Rather than common-sensical, it seems to me that considering improvisation as identical with contingency is actually counter-intuitive for many of the dominant deployments of that term. If improvisation is contingency itself, then it’s also nothing else per-se; in order to remain consistent as an idea, improvisation can’t be both contingent and necessarily any other quality,Continue reading “IMPROVISATION TAXONOMY”

ON METHOD: NO MATERIALISMS

I’ve been thinking about my “method” lately and realizing how easy it might be to mistake my focus on contingency as a new materialist impulse. Although I focus on the interdependent relationships between “subjects, objects, and environments” in an improvisatory scene, I do not wish to trod down the new materialist path, which aligns itselfContinue reading “ON METHOD: NO MATERIALISMS”

IS (MUSICAL) IMPROVISATION POLITICAL?

Anyone who is familiar with my arguments about improvisation will know that I consider improvisation itself to be politically neutral, and radically so. The reason for this is that improvisation, for me, is defined by one characteristic only, which is contingency: in that sense, any political valence that improvisation generates or raises is dependent onContinue reading “IS (MUSICAL) IMPROVISATION POLITICAL?”

10 ABBREVIATED THESES ON THE POLITICAL VALENCE OF IMPROVISATION

I’m copying a twitter thread that I posted yesterday, minus the inevitable typo that appeared there. It is useful, for sure, to try to distill an entire argument into short format like this. But it clearly comes at the expense of any nuance. I’m saving the nuance for the book. In the meantime, here isContinue reading “10 ABBREVIATED THESES ON THE POLITICAL VALENCE OF IMPROVISATION”

ALL TIMES ARE UNCERTAIN

On a given day, our experience of the world feels stable, even if it isn’t. On the other hand, at least for those in the States, where public policy appears designed to keep COVID around longer than is necessary, one characteristic of the past four months has been an increased attention to the “uncertainty” ofContinue reading “ALL TIMES ARE UNCERTAIN”

IMPROVISATION REPOSITORY | IMPROVISATION IN ADVERTISING

I intend for this blog to be a kind of improvisation repository, where, in addition to certain ancillary topics from my book project, I can also compile examples of improvisation discourse from the larger cultural context (outside of the obvious examples in the arts). On that note, a formal invitation: if you spot improvisation anywhereContinue reading “IMPROVISATION REPOSITORY | IMPROVISATION IN ADVERTISING”


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