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Michael Boyle


Extending the Orchestra of the Mind: a 4e perspective on imagination, memory, and the virtual in the cognitive processes of musical composition

My research seeks to understand the role of absent and virtual environments, tools, and performers in composition, in the context of theories of mind which see cognition as embodied, embedded, enacted and/or extended. This will provide valuable insight into the workings of compositional cognition, and contribute to the field of ‘4E’ cognition through its focus on imagination and memory. Developed into separate papers are the concepts of ‘Empathetic embodiment’, which explores the relationship between composer and imagined/future performer (published 2020), and ‘Integrated Tool Competency’, which explores how composers retain cognitive competencies developed through use of tools in the past (forthcoming).




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