Dissertation - From Imitation to Innovation: Developing a Personal Style in Music

This study explores the development of the author’s musical identity by reflecting on the creative processes inherent in the making of an album of original music. A case study explores both tangible and intangible practices for developing a strong musical identity by imitating antecedents on the guitar. Practice, composition and production processes are documented through video, audio and written recordings. Self-reflection, together with an examination of the relevant literature assists in preparing the fundamentals for semi-structured interviews with three research participants. The ensuing discussion reveals ways in which a strong musical identity can be developed by transforming pre-existing musical ideas into new works using theoretical approaches, the recordings of our pre-cursors and other intangible practices. Finally, these discoveries are compared and contrasted, then presented as integrated approaches to developing a personal music style.