The Phenomenology of Performance
My original aim for this paper was to try to find a more objective and technically rigorous way for talking about exactly how one interacts with the event of a musical performance. In a certain way I have accomplished this goal. I have found an objective way of understanding my own personal way of understanding what I am going through when I perform. However, as I collected more and more data from my peers through journals, interviews, and everyday conversation I realized that this was in vain. Trying to find anything objective in an experience as complicated as performing was a lost cause. Therefore, my initial goal changed drastically. However, the new goal of the paper was a far more fulfilling endeavor. Instead of trying to divide, categorize, and codify my peers experience into a single technical framework, I decided to use the language that I adopted for speaking about my own experience as a prompt for getting others to open up and talk about the way they experienced performing.
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Mann, Jackson Albert. “The Phenomenology of Performance.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2016. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-contemporary-performance/51.