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Recording Improvised Music
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didn’t know what the fuck was going on!5
And consequently, during fieldwork, I saw relatively few audience members ‘listening’
with closed eyes,6 with visual cues providing a variety of suggestions as to the intentions
of the performers, and the various strategies and choices they were employing.
5
By contrast, Chris Heenan described that during a concert: “I’m pretty active. I like to look around
and see what people are doing. But I also realise that when things are pensive and the music’s really
quiet, when it would actually to be disturbing to go ‘Is he making that?’... in that kind of moment I’ll
just sit there. [...] I’ll have the ‘tempo’ moment, where I’m not looking, and I’ll also have moments
where I’m really looking around and trying to figure it out.”
6
Although
there
were
a
greater
proportion
listening
with
closed
eyes
in
(Post-)Reductionist/quiet/Durational settings.
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