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Negotiating the Musical Work.
An empirical study.

Henrik Frisk and Stefan Östersjö

Malmö Academy of Music - Lund University


In this paper we explore the inter-relations between performer and composer through two empirical studies and the result of this work is intended to lay the ground for a new work for guitar and computer by Henrik Frisk for Stefan Östersjö. By better understanding the composer-performer interaction we also hope to better understand the necessary conditions for a successful performer-computer interaction. We approach the issue using a semiological approach and a qualitative method. In the works studied we find reason to suggest that composition as well as performance interpretation oscillate between constructive and interpretative activities. From this we draw some conclusions that we will attempt to develop and implement in the upcoming collaborative work.

Henrik Frisk, Stefan Ostersjo