Chapter 2: Meaningful Creative Ideas


This chapter presents aspects of musical discourse associated with sustained auditory attention – specifically those resulting in the formation of meaning through the experience of listening to indicative, referential and semantic musical materials. It proposes that there is an ideal class of meaningful creative ideas that - in their model form – display reciprocal relationships between their constituent parts; where functional techniques act as signifiers of discoverable insights and where discoverable insights justify the functional techniques employed. While not claiming to be a ‘magic formula,’ the discussion aims to bring to light the complexities of the assignment of referential meaning in music, specifically in relation to tools and techniques and their relationship with the presentation and reception of insight. It presents an exchange of views surrounding these principles, providing sonic artists, composers, performers, and listeners with a method of examining message-bearing aspects of their own and others’ creative ideas and works.