An Exploration of Compositional & Improvisational Approaches to Jazz & Electronics

Christopher Whiter

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This is a practical study focusing on the combination of acoustic jazz ensembles with
live and studio electronics. The purpose of this research is to compare the effect that
differing approaches to composing have had on both the resulting soundworlds and
the relationship between the compositional and improvisational processes

The portfolio shows the developments in techniques of integrating the jazz and
electronic elements, with each work showing a constantly evolving level of
interaction. This has been demonstrated by three compositional approaches taken to
how the live ensemble is utilised, ranging from the recording of each live part
separately (Truth This Way), to the simultaneous recording of the live ensemble with
pre-prepared electronics tracks on The Borderline Suite album, and finally to the use
of live electronics applied to the improvising acoustic duos and trios used for
Emanations and Encapsulation.

The research contributes to the composition technology discipline by continuing to
break down boundaries between the electronic and contemporary jazz genres by
furthering the exploration and development of processes of interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Lock, Brian, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Nov 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


  • Composition
  • Jazz
  • Electronic Music

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