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Creativity: Technology and Music

In collaboration with Susan Schmidt Horning


Edited By Hans-Joachim Braun

Creativity, by which something new, original, and valuable is formed, has positive connotations. This volume features essays on creative processes in technological invention, engineering design, architecture, music composition, improvisation, sound recording, authenticity in music, and computer music. They deal with significant present-day as well as with historical issues of creativity. They explore what creative processes in different domains have in common, to what extent cognitive science can shed light on them and how they can be modelled. Contrary to some approaches in creativity studies, the authors, if ever possible, try to avoid speculation and come to empirically valid conclusions.
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Creative Processes in Technology, Music and the Arts: Chances and Limitations of Cognitive Science Approaches


Abstract To what extent can cognitive science shed light on creative processes in technology, music and the arts? Do these processes follow a similar logic? Can they be modeled? Experiments and tests have yielded many convincing results although they cannot be applied to many present-day situations and to historical cases. If one regards a musical composition as a piece of “cognitive engineering”, creative processes in technology and in the arts follow a similar logic. But in technology, functionality is in the forefront and not an aesthetic purpose like in the arts. Numerous attempts in modeling creative processes have shown that a purposive, hypothesis-driven, multi-stage, recursive process is to be preferred, in which the different stages are subject to continuous revision.


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