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    Description"Sync or Swarm" provides a fascinating study of musical improvisation, using theories from cultural and cognitive studies and the emerging sciences. Musical improvisation hinges on one's ability to synchronize intention and action and to maintain a keen awareness of, sensitivity to, and connection with the evolving group dynamics and experiences. The most successful improvisations are those in which the musicians are able to synchronize, not necessarily their sounds - although this too can miraculously happen - but their intentions or their moments of inspiration. And even during the most complex and dense passages of collective improvisation, a swarm-like quality can emerge in which individual parts are moving in very different directions and yet the musical whole moves with a collective purpose. David Borgo presents a systemic view of improvisation, with individual chapters funneling outward in scope: from the perspective of a solo improviser (English saxophonist Evan Parker), to that of a group interacting in performance, to the long-term dynamics of an improvising group from formation to dissolution, and finally regarding the network dynamics that bind together improvisers and groups into an aesthetic community. Each of these chapters is paired with a different aspect of the emerging sciences - including perspectives from cognitive science, biology, chaos and complexity theories, and the study of social networks - in order to offer new ways of engaging with and shaping the discourses that surround music in general and improvisation in particular.

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    Sync or Swarm
    Improvising Music in a Complex Age
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Borgo
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780826417299
    ISBN 10: 0826417299

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: AVA, AVGJ
    B&T General Subject: 540
    BISAC V2.8: MUS022000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MUS025000
    DC22: 781.36, 781.65/5136
    LC classification: ML3506 .B67 2005
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 781.655136
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: AVA, AVLP
    Illustrations note
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    01 January 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    David Borgo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego. He has released two CDs as saxophonist and composer (With and Against and Massanetta Springs), and plays live shows regularly in Los Angeles and at jazz festivals around the world.
    Review quote
    "Worth noting by British readers is the amount of space devoted to Evan, including some new quotations."--Sanford Lakoff
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. The Sounds and Science of Surprise; The Age of Complexity; Sync or Swarm; 2. Reverence for Uncertainty; Exploring Uncertainty; Performing Uncertainty; Experiencing Uncertainty; Documenting Uncertainty; Evaluating Uncertainty; 3. The Embodied Mind (of Evan Parker); Taking the Note for a Walk; The Body in the Music; It's a Bit Like Juggling; Process and Reality; 4. Rivers of Consciousness: The Nonlinear Dynamics and Emergent Qualities of Improvised Music; Complexity and Emergence; The Phase Space of Improvisation; A Dynamical Systems Model of Improvised Music; Hues of Melanin; Some Final Remarks; 5. The Edge of Chaos: Envisioning Group Improvisation as a Self-Organizing System; Fractal Worlds; Musical Chaotics; The Dynamics of Self-Organizing Systems; Do You Hear What I Hear?; Some Final Remarks; 6. Sync or Swarm: The Life(time) of an Improvising Ensemble; 7. Improvising Music: Some Thoughts on Network Dynamics and Musical Studies; 8. Harnessing Complexity: Situated Learning and the Pedagogy of Play; Epilogue.