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What Dreams May Come - Ambient Suite for Jazz Orchestra

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dc.contributor.advisor Lisik, Dave
dc.contributor.advisor Wilson, Dave Williamson, Louisa 2020-11-12T03:03:36Z 2020-11-12T03:03:36Z 2020 2020
dc.description.abstract What Dreams May Come is a five-movement suite for jazz orchestra, intended to create a calm and relaxing listening experience. The project is inspired by the mystery of dreaming, and it attempts to communicate musical ideas which reflect the relaxed state one is in when sleeping. The aims of What Dreams May Come are to highlight the timbral combinations available in a jazz orchestra and to draw on characteristics of ambient music to give the listener a relaxing atmosphere. This exegesis explores timbre both in music that served as inspiration for this composition and in the composition itself, and it describes how emphasising timbre in my compositional process affected other musical elements of the piece. Chapter 1 explores Brian Eno’s ambient album Ambient 1: Music for Airports, specifically looking at the role of timbre and texture in the album, and at the overall structuring techniques used by Eno on the album to create coherency. Chapter 2 analyses two compositions for jazz orchestra by Maria Schneider, “Nocturne” and “Sea of Tranquility”, examining the role of timbre in the compositions, as well as the ways Schneider uses soft dynamics and harmonic techniques to structure the pieces. These two chapters look into how Eno and Schneider, in different ways, both highlight timbre in their compositional approaches and processes. Each chapter dives deep into timbral and textural analysis, with additional analysis of form and harmony. Chapter 3 reflects on the ways these two composers informed What Dreams May Come, focussing on how I used techniques from Eno and Schneider to challenge myself in composing for jazz orchestra. In the course of the project, I strove to tap into music’s therapeutic qualities, putting this idea at the forefront of my intentions as a composer. Using dreaming as aesthetic and conceptual influence, Brian Eno’s ambient music as inspiration, and Maria Schneider’s compositions as a musical guide, I have been able to produce a work which not only challenges traditional jazz orchestra techniques but also relaxes listeners by complementing their environments. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Jazz en_NZ
dc.subject Composition en_NZ
dc.subject Ambient en_NZ
dc.title What Dreams May Come - Ambient Suite for Jazz Orchestra en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit New Zealand School of Music en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Composition en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Music en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains Copyright en_NZ 2020-11-11T21:32:26Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 190406 Music Composition en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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