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Voicing the Unforseeable: Improvisation, Social Practice, Collaborative Research

Ajay Heble, Winfried Siemerling

Published: 2010-05-25

In a discussion of the ICASP project and the relationship between improvised music and literary texts, the authors argue that improvised practices, by virtue of their reliance upon collaboration, contain an element of unpredictability with extensive social implications. This aspect of "unforeseeability" in improvised practices is discussed in relation to cultural resistance, multiculturalism, business, and various other social concerns.

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So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag