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A MUSICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PEOPLE'S MICROPHONE: VOICES AND ECHOES IN PROTEST AND SOUND ART AND OCCUPATION 1 FOR STRING QUARTET

Woodruff, Jeremy (2014) A MUSICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PEOPLE'S MICROPHONE: VOICES AND ECHOES IN PROTEST AND SOUND ART AND OCCUPATION 1 FOR STRING QUARTET. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    Abstract

    The People's Microphone technique, first employed by Occupy Wall Street in the 2011
    occupation of Zuccotti Park, is a mode of political speech drawing on the fundamental
    linguistic/musical principle of imitation. By analyzing musical parameters of the tones of
    voice in instances of the People's Microphone in protest, and secondly by adapting the
    method to analyze how the People's Microphone is used in an artwork by Brandon
    LaBelle, I lay the speculative groundwork for a transversal theory dealing with the
    political influence of musical sound. This theory is extended to Angela Davis, a piece in
    Peter Ablinger's Voices and Piano series of compositions for piano and audio recording
    in which the piano exactly imitates the intonations of the voice in different ways. The
    arousal of cognitive dissonance through vocal inflection in interaction with contexts of
    perception is the common thread through several examples that allows a holistic
    theoretical approach across the domains of sound, art and politics. The argument
    demonstrates how the intrinsic parameters of all vocal sound are both an ever-present
    aesthetic and political force. The second part of the dissertation is an experimental
    composition for string quartet wherein unison transformation with smooth as opposed to
    striated movement through the continuum of pitch and rhythmic space (characteristics
    abstracted from unison speech) provide further detailed research into effects of
    consonance and dissonance, both tonal and cognitive.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    Creators/Authors:
    CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
    Woodruff, Jeremyjjw56@pitt.edujjw56@pitt.edu
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee RoleCommittee MemberEmailPitt UsernameORCID
    Committee ChairRosenblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.edurosenblu@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberWilliams , Amyamywill@pitt.eduamywill@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberScott, Williamscobill@gmail.comscobill@gmail.com
    Committee MemberRoot, Deanedlr@pitt.edudlr@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberMoe, Ericemoe@pitt.eduemoe@pitt.edu
    Title: A MUSICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PEOPLE'S MICROPHONE: VOICES AND ECHOES IN PROTEST AND SOUND ART AND OCCUPATION 1 FOR STRING QUARTET
    Status: Published
    Abstract:

    The People's Microphone technique, first employed by Occupy Wall Street in the 2011
    occupation of Zuccotti Park, is a mode of political speech drawing on the fundamental
    linguistic/musical principle of imitation. By analyzing musical parameters of the tones of
    voice in instances of the People's Microphone in protest, and secondly by adapting the
    method to analyze how the People's Microphone is used in an artwork by Brandon
    LaBelle, I lay the speculative groundwork for a transversal theory dealing with the
    political influence of musical sound. This theory is extended to Angela Davis, a piece in
    Peter Ablinger's Voices and Piano series of compositions for piano and audio recording
    in which the piano exactly imitates the intonations of the voice in different ways. The
    arousal of cognitive dissonance through vocal inflection in interaction with contexts of
    perception is the common thread through several examples that allows a holistic
    theoretical approach across the domains of sound, art and politics. The argument
    demonstrates how the intrinsic parameters of all vocal sound are both an ever-present
    aesthetic and political force. The second part of the dissertation is an experimental
    composition for string quartet wherein unison transformation with smooth as opposed to
    striated movement through the continuum of pitch and rhythmic space (characteristics
    abstracted from unison speech) provide further detailed research into effects of
    consonance and dissonance, both tonal and cognitive.

    Date: 30 May 2014
    Date Type: Publication
    Defense Date: 25 March 2014
    Approval Date: 30 May 2014
    Submission Date: 17 April 2014
    Release Date: 30 May 2014
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Number of Pages: 218
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
    Uncontrolled Keywords: music theory; sound art; politics
    Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2014 11:50
    Last Modified: 31 May 2014 01:15

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