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Ideas of the New (2009)

“Ideas of the New”, a keynote paper given at “Nothing New?” conference at Huddersfield University, organised by Dr. Lisa Colton, on Saturday 25th April, 2009.  The pdf (click on the link below) is an uncorrected version of the paper as given, and still needs references, footnotes and bibliography.

The paper takes a loosely Derridean approach to the idea of the new, examining several different texts dealing with newness, including Webern’s “The Path to the New Music”, and ideas on “the new” from Stockhausen, Grotowski, Cage, and Derek Bailey.  The final section draws on ideas proposed by Lawrence Kramer concerning musical revenants, and the critique of originality, taken from his excellent and stimulating book “Musical Meaning” (2002).

Ideas of the New