This handbook sets out the processes and products of ‘digital’ research. It is a theoretical and practical guide on how to undertake and navigate advanced research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Topics covered include:

  • How to make research more accessible
  • The use of search engines and other sources to determine the scope of work
  • Research training for students
  • What will theses, dissertations and research reports look like in ten years’ time?
  • The storing and archiving of such research
  • Ethics and methodologies in the field
  • Intercultural issues

The editors focus on advances in arts- and practice-based doctorates, and their application in other fields and disciplines. The contributions chart new territory for universities, research project directors, supervisors and research students regarding the nature and format of graduate and doctoral work, as well as research projects.

Written by experienced practitioners, this handbook is an essential reference for researchers, supervisors and administrators on how to conduct and evaluate research projects in a digital and multimodal age.

Practice-as-Research in Music Performance

Practice-as-research in music performance

Introduction: Issues in Contemporary Performance Studies

Even though sound recordings have been available for over 120 years1, evolving from the wax phonograph cylinder through the shellac disc to the digital MP3 to become ubiquitous artefacts in our contemporary culture, their acceptance as valid documents for musicological research did not happen early on and naturally during the twentieth century. Since its nineteenth-century beginnings as an academic discipline rooted in German philology and hermeneutics, musicology has been dominated by a textual approach to knowledge production and presentation such that its primary source material, namely the musical score, has been conceptualised as a ‘final, fixed, immortal text’ (Bowen, 1999: 429), the meanings of which can be revealed through the reading and deciphering ...

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