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Thinking Spaces: Thursday February 6, 2014

The next meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group and Speakers Series will occur Thursday February 6, 4-6pm at the Guelph Public Library at 100 Norfolk street (2nd floor boardroom - just follow the stairs from the main entrance, it's right at the top). At this meeting Dr. James Harley will lead a discussion on the relation between creative musicianship and proficiency in the realms of academic and popular electronic music. The improvisatory aspects of working with technology will be explored and our conversation will unfold in reference to musical examples from the forty-five year long career of the avant-garde group The Residents and from Dr. Harley's own compositional output.

Those would like to prepare for the discussion can email for a pdf copy of the reading for the week, Dr. Harley's article "Does Improved Technology Make The Music Better? The Case of The Residents."

Can't make it in person? Check out the livestream of the event by searching "Thinking Spaces" on or by clicking here. Livestream participants can join in the discussion by using the livestream instant message window.

The event is free and open to all.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.