It is. It is not: a composition for narrator and electronics

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Maria Lihuen Sirvent (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:
Mark Engebretson

Abstract: It is. It is not is a musical composition for narrated voice and fixed electronic media. In this composition, I explored the transformation of musical material in a way that makes the experience of the passage of time in music rely on memory and familiarity. I approached this exploration from the metaphor of music as a time machine represented through the interaction of certain compositional processes with the content of the text. Starting with a text that explores in sometimes humorous ways the prospect of time travel, I created a composition that involves memory not only of elements within the work itself, but also the memory of other music from the past. For this, I included references to my previous compositions, en castellano es lejos (2018) and In 1964 (2019). This thesis includes brief sections on time perception in musical experience, the use of external references in musical works, a discussion of these procedures in my piece, plus information about the rhythmic patterns employed and the musical form.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2020
Composition, Familiarity, Memory, Reference, Time
Monologues with music
Electronic music
Scores $2 lcgft

Email this document to

This item contains the following parts:

TitleLocation & LinkType of Relationship
It is playback described resource includes the related resource either physically or logically.
It is premiered described resource includes the related resource either physically or logically.