Survey: sketches and music composition (2)

    Dec 11 2006 | 5:28 pm
    Dear maxers,
    Many thanks to those who replied to my questionnaire.
    I would appreciate more participation, so if you did not fill the questionnaire, please take 5 minutes to do so. In particular, I would like to determine whether sketching at the early stage of a composition is a common practice or not. Therefore, if you DON'T sketch before composing, please fill the questionnaire also.
    Best wishes,
    Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
    Please find below a questionnaire on composition practices. This survey
    is meant to study the relation between notation and composition,
    focusing in particular on the sketches drawn at the early stage of a
    composition. If you do draw sketches before composing a piece, you are
    kindly invited to send them attached as an image, along with this
    questionnaire. Please send your answer to this e-mail address: or fill this questionnaire on the web :
    Please forward this questionnaire to any person or list interested in
    the subject.
    A disclaimer follows the questionnaire.
    Best regards,
    Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
    *Questionnaire: Sketches and Music Composition*
    1 -What material did you use at the early stage of the composition ?
    (i.e. pen & paper, computer, instruments,...)
    2 - Where were you when you started? (at your usual desk, in your bed,
    3 - What was the first representation of the piece? (a vague shape, an
    organised structure, a process that has nothing to do with visuals,
    ...). If you don't use representation you can go to question 6.
    4 - What do you represent at this stage? (structure, melodic patterns,
    rhythmic patterns, dynamics, states, events, etc.)
    5 - How much details are represented at this stage?
    6 - If you didn't represent anything, how did you think of the piece?
    7 - How did the piece evolve from its early stage, did the overall
    structure remain or did it change?
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    Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
    Interaction, Media and Communication Group
    Queen Mary, University of London
    Tel:+44 (0)207 8825 257