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Creativity: Technology and Music

In collaboration with Susan Schmidt Horning

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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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Improvisation: Creativity, Action, and Interaction

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Abstract In a continually changing reality, it is important to make possible a development of our inborn capacities in early life. “Training on the arts can be just as important as preparing kids for scientific or technical careers as training in the sciences, if not better,” Thomas Südhoff, medicine professor and Nobel Prize winner claims in an interview with R. Romine on March 5, 2014. Südhoff continues: “…the arts train a person in discipline, independent action, thinking and attention…” Improvisation, as part of the arts, largely unstudied and under-theorized, even regarded with great skepticism, seems to have become an appropriate tool for developing imagination, interactive action, communication, learning strategies and preparedness to cope with the “unforeseen.” This article aims to elucidate aspects of improvisation, mainly from a jazz perspective, but also in other contexts, hoping for further research on this topic, which hopefully might make us understand the world better – to make it a better place.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.

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