“What kind of music do you play?”

Mapp, Christopher (2022) “What kind of music do you play?”. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

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The question “what kind of music do you play?” stems from an ordinary, everyday conversation. It underpins this thesis in a way that highlights the ordinary, everyday aspects of the artistic practice with which it is concerned. In his later work, Wittgenstein advocated for a way of ‘doing philosophy’ that closely examines the details of ordinary, everyday uses of language in context to clarify their meaning. Through his Philosophical Investigations he encourages us to ignore the temptation to be drawn into answering metaphysical questions—a way of doing philosophy which he thought said little about human nature—and instead focus on the specific examples which cause us to feel lost. If we closely examine these moments, if we “look and see” (§66), then we can begin to address a (small) philosophical problem not the (big) philosophical problem. As we solve these small problems by thinking through individual instances in detail, we can then begin to remedy our lostness.

In this thesis I draw on Moi and Diamond’s understanding of Wittgenstein’s spirit of investigation to closely examine the details of my own artistic practice. The confusion caused when I attempt to answer the question “what kind of music do you play?” brings forward examples to think through, from my practice and beyond, as a means of clarifying my response. Weaving these ideas, theories and examples through one another, this thesis explores the inherent narrativity of improvised music practice as well as directly addressing its key narratives; freedom, identity, temporality and the idea that improvisers must be ‘saying something’ through their music-making. his thesis is a philosophy of improvisation, one which seeks to foreground a holistic consideration of artistic practice—a practice that includes the text of this thesis itself—and broadens our understanding of what it means to improvise music together.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
April 2022Submitted
July 2022Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Music, improvisation, Wittgenstein, practice as research, Moi, jazz, ordinary language, narrative
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Doctoral Research College > Doctoral Theses Collection
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: Jaycie Carter
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2023 11:55
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 11:55
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14937

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