(compMus1) Class Intro – Creativity, Composition, and Computer Music

This is just a general outline of what was covered in the first class.

Creativity and Composition

  • Creativity is a trait or practice that applies to many domains and activities.
  • Composition is one specific domain of creativity
  • Creativity can be learned.

Creative Process

  • Far from being mystical, most researchers have identified a consistent method to the creative process:
    1. Preparation
    2. Incubation
    3. Illumination
    4. Verification
  • Most creative people stress how much actual work goes into creativity (steps 1, 2, and 4), rather than the “A-Ha!” moment (step 3). (“Chance favors the prepared mind.”)

Diversity and Experience

  • Creativity derives from diverse experiences and perspectives.

What is Computer/Electronic Music?

  • Technically, anything reproduced through computer or electronic means.
  • Usually refers to music originally produced through computer or electronic means.


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