From the outset, Music with the Real encouraged reflections in the form of text production and seminar lectures. Project participants, external lecturers and writers gathered regularly to discuss a variety of aspects on the topic. The texts presented here were, in part, commissioned to reflect on the artistic outcome.
Harry Lehmann: Artistic Research in Art Music
German philosopher Harry Lehman focuses on art, aesthetics and currents in the contemporary music practice. Through books such as The Digital Revolution in Music – a Music Philosophy, furthermore, coining terms such as Relational Music and Gehaltsästhetik, he has had an impact on the discourse surrounding recent art music. About the presence of extra-musical material in what he calls ‘relational music’, Lehman states that the connections to the ‘extra-musical material’ are included in the concept of art music and not, as is the case in absolute music, excluded from the concept of music a priori. Lehman distinguishes four different strategies in relational music: semantization, theatricalization, visualiziation and sonification.