"Being" a Stickist: A Phenomenological Consideration of "Dwelling" in a Virtual Music Scene

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Musical instruments are not static, unchanging objects. They are, instead, things that materially evolve in symmetry with human practices. Alterations to an instrument's design often attend to its ergonomic or expressive capacity, but sometimes an innovator causes an entirely new instrument to arise. One such instrument is the Chapman Stick. This instrument's history is closely intertwined with global currents that have evolved into virtual, online scenes. Virtuality obfuscates embodiment, but the Stick's world, like any instrument's, is optimally related in intercorporeal exchanges. Stickists circumvent real and virtual obstacles to engage the Stick world. Using an organology informed by the work of Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, this study examines how the Chapman Stick, as a material "thing," speaks in and through a virtual, representational environment.

Creator(s): Hodges, Jeff
Creation Date: May 2010
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
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Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: May 2010
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Musical instruments are not static, unchanging objects. They are, instead, things that materially evolve in symmetry with human practices. Alterations to an instrument's design often attend to its ergonomic or expressive capacity, but sometimes an innovator causes an entirely new instrument to arise. One such instrument is the Chapman Stick. This instrument's history is closely intertwined with global currents that have evolved into virtual, online scenes. Virtuality obfuscates embodiment, but the Stick's world, like any instrument's, is optimally related in intercorporeal exchanges. Stickists circumvent real and virtual obstacles to engage the Stick world. Using an organology informed by the work of Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, this study examines how the Chapman Stick, as a material "thing," speaks in and through a virtual, representational environment.

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Level: Master's
Discipline: Musicology
Department: College of Music
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Keyword(s): Chapman Stick | telepresence | dwelling | virtuality | organology | phenomenology
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UNT Libraries
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  • OCLC: 680653085 |
  • UNTCAT: b3875908 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc28430
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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Holder: Hodges, Jeff
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