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Research and development projects

Research and development projects (Photo: Natalie Greppi)

Examples of research and development projects at the Academy of Music and Drama Find more details on the respective projects under each project participant’s publications.

  • Research within the field of performing arts

    Research within the field of performing arts

    Patterns and Possibilities: Gender and Performance in 17th Century Opera.
    Photo: Johan WingborgKristina Hagström-Ståhl, research project and workshop performance, together with Tove Dahlberg (singer and PhD student). A collaboration between the Academy of Music and Drama, the Piteå School of Music, and Stockholm University of the Arts. 2016–19.

    Picturing Miss Julie: Gender, Visuality, and Performance Practice
    Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, in August Strindberg and Visual Culture, eds. Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Eszter Szalczer, Jonathan Schroeder. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

    Post-dramatic theatre as method and practical theory within and beyond academia.
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2010–2012. Prof. Cecilia Lagerström and Senior Lecturer Pia Muchin.

    Practical methods for artistic research on theatre
    Part 1: 2005–2006
    Part 2: 2007 (Space for Action)
    Collegium for research and development in the arts area. Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2005–2007. Senior Lecturer Per Nordin (Principal Investigator), Prof. Cecilia Lagerström

    Gender aspects of female and male opera roles in the past and present
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2010.
    Professor Gunilla Gårdfeldt/Senior Lecturer Marianne Khoso

    Creating theories of artistic practices
    The example of teaching in physical performance.
    An artistic development project at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts
    Eva Mark, PhD/senior lecturer Pia Muchin

    One woman’s encounters
    Artistic development project 2008–2009 financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. Project manager: Professor Emerita Gunilla Gårdfeldt

    Physical presentation/devising/performance
    A partnership between the master’s programme in theatre at the Academy of Music and Drama and the Valand School of Fine Arts. Prof. Cecilia Lagerström and Senior Lecturer Pia Muchin

    Performing gender
    An artistic and educational development project about gender perspectives in Sweden’s university programmes for actors, musical theatre actors and mimes 2006–2009
    To the final report Performing Gender (in Swedish)

    Plasticity training
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts 2006–2008
    Senior Lecturer Ulla Eckersjö

    Passion for the real
    A cross-disciplinary research project about the documentarian approach, Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2003–2005, Professor Eva Nässén (Principal Investigator)
    Sub-project 2: Being true-to-period or documenting – new social and aesthetic possibilities for the art of opera.

  • Research within the field of education

    Research within the field of education

    On what and whose terms? Assessment, conceptions of quality and legitimation of entrance auditions to music teacher education programmes.
    Photo: Natalie GreppiA research project financed by the Swedish Research Council 2018–2021.
    How are entrance auditions to music teacher education programmes evaluated? How are positions on assessments legitimised, and what selections are made? What governs the assessments? What relevance, reliability and validity do the auditions have in today’s music teacher education programmes? These questions are the focus of the study “On what and whose terms?” Assessment, conceptions of quality, and legitimation of entrance auditions to music teacher education programmes The project is run by Karlstad University in cooperation with the University of Gothenburg and Linnaeus University in Växjö, and it is expected to take three years. Professor Monica Lindgren and Senior Lecturer Olle Zandén

    Explorative design for learning in doctoral seminars.
    Financed by the Academy of Music and Drama 2017–2018. The project aims to investigate the form’s significance for development and learning in a higher education context, in this case in third-cycle education. Professor Monica Lindgren (with Cecilia Björck, IPKL)

    Music teaching students’ views of motivation, learning and professional goals.
    An ongoing longitudinal study running 2016–2022. Financed by the Academy of Music and Drama Senior Lecturer Carina Borgström Källén and Professor Monica Lindgren

    Concept development in practice 2016–2017.
    The overarching objective of this development project is to jointly formulate qualities in relation to a performative work in the subject of theatre in upper-secondary schools, with a focus on the concept of interaction. The point of departure is that qualities as a basis for planning of teaching, feedback and evaluation/assessment of the work must be developed in close relationship to the teaching in progress and the content in focus. Senior Lecturer Pernilla Ahlstrand

    Research circles teachers primary school 2014–2016.
    Teachers in art, home economics and consumer studies, athletics and health, music, textiles, woodworking and metalworking identified different areas for improvement with support in earlier research and reports. This resulted in various development projects, including assessment support, trying out jointly planned lessons and a learning study in the subject of music, where the capacity for “timing” was studied relative to the learning objective to discern swings in rhythmic patterns. Senior Lecturer Pernilla Ahlstrand

    El Sistema – conditions for musical learning and identity in an intercultural context
    Financed by the Academy of Music and Drama 2012–2015. Professor Monica Lindgren

    IT at school – how does it affect subjects like music, visual arts and Swedish?
    Professor Emeritus Bengt Olsson

    The construction of aesthetic learning in teacher training
    Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2008–2010. A research project on the aesthetic fields within teacher education programmes. The purpose of the research study was to investigate what knowledge, in the aesthetic area, is considered relevant by teacher education programmes for the upcoming professional role. Professor Monica Lindgren

    Market aesthetics and everyday culture in the classroom. An ideological dilemma?
    Identity, dominance and the formation of knowledge in music teaching at the elementary school level. Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2007–2009
    Guest Professor Claes Ericsson (Principle Investigator), Halmstad University and Professor Monica Lindgren. The purpose of the research project was to investigate how market aesthetics and youth culture are expressed in the music classroom.

    Dynamic processes of interaction – a reconstruction of the ensemble subject
    An educational development project on improvisation training at the Academy of Music and Drama. The project aimed to increase knowledge of the didactics of the ensemble subject by seeking new didactic tools that were untested in the context. It was financed by the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and ran from 2012–2013. Senior Lecturer Carina Borgström Källén

    The performing body – perspectives on subject conception in dance and vocal teaching
    Research project in cooperation with a researcher from the University of Dance and Circus/Stockholm University of the Arts. The project explores the teaching of singing and dancing to increase knowledge of how subject conception is constructed in teaching practices in which the body comprises the primary instrument. Senior Lecturer Carina Borgström Källén

    Music and Gender – What happened next?
    Ongoing research project. A follow-up research project exploring higher education in music with a focus on equality and gender. Senior Lecturer Carina Borgström Källén.

    Music and Gender (note: same project is under Music)
    A development project that involved all music programmes at the Academy of Music and Drama from 2009–2012. Senior Lecturer Carina Borgström Källén

    Educational development project, in progress 2017–2018.
    The purpose of the development project is to strengthen a teaching team’s co-assessment in relation to performed presentations/projects in the theatre teaching programme. The intention of the project is to develop faculty consensus and to discuss grading in course syllabi. Senior Lecturer Pernilla Ahlstrand

    MIROR 2014
    Musical Interaction Relying on Reflection
    The MIROR Project deals with the development of an innovative adaptive system for music learning and teaching based on the reflexive interaction paradigm. Professor Emeritus Bengt Olsson

    Process diary – a reflective instrument for improved quality in artistic and artistic pedagogical work
    Financed by NKU 2012, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg
    Participants: Ylwa Andersson, Bengt Franzén, Gunilla Gårdfeldt, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö and Einar Nielsen

  • Research within the field of Music

    Research within the field of Music

    Research and development projects in the music field are collected under the headings Interpretation and historically informed practice of performance and Improvisation, new music, composition and sound.

    Interpretation and historically informed practice of performance

    Foto: Natalie GreppiRhetorical and romantic affective strategies in musical performance
    Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2019–2021. The project is run by the researchers Prof. Maria Bania, PhD, (Principal Investigator) and Tilman Skowroneck, PhD, who both also act as musicians and informed listeners alongside Prof. Paul Goring, Prof. Mark Tatlow, Ellie Nimeroski, Rastko Roknic, Johanna Persson, Øyvor Volle and Frida Bromander. Main aim: to reach a deeper understanding of 18th and early 19th century music’s affective potential and to enhance the possibilities of affective participation in today’s performing situations.)

    “Old” Instruments with New Affordances. Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2016–2018.
    Joel Speerstra (Principal Investigator) A three-part project: 1. The Duo Clavichord: A New Tool for Keyboard Ensemble and Improvisation – Joel Speerstra, Ulrika Davidsson. 2. A Handel Claviorganum for Göteborg Baroque, Magnus Kjellson and Göteborg Baroque. 3. The Örgryte organ as a sound lab for new music, Hans Ola Ericson (McGill University, Canada), Martin Herschenroeder (University of Siegen, Germany)

    Transcribing Bach's Ciaccona
    Tilman Skowroneck, Aim: To formulate and refine methods to listen to and analyse self-made recordings. 2018–
     

    Questions of interpretation concerning J.S. Bach’s “Geistliche Lieder und Arien”
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2010–2011. Professors Gunnar Forshufvud and Johannes Landgren

    For a Change
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2011
    Professor Einar Nielsen

    Processing the Magnificat
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2010
    Professor Karin Nelson

    A Language of Musical Expression
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2009
    Professor Einar Nielsen

    Research through interpretation
    Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2007–2010
    The project “Research through interpretation” focused on questions and configurations related to the concepts of “interpretation” and “interpretive research.” The project aimed to problematise and have a discussion of the definition of the concepts of interpretation and interpretation research.
    Professor Johannes Landgren

    Music and Gender
    A development project on norms and hierarchies involving all music programmes at the Academy of Music and Drama, 2009–2012.
    To the final report Music and Gender (in Swedish)

    Improvisation, new music, composition and sound art

    Systemic Improvisation
    Funded by the Swedish research Council 2017–2020.
    Palle Dahlstedt, (Chalmers, Principal Investigator), Per Anders Nilsson (Academy of Music and Drama), Tim Perkis (Independent), and Gino Robair, (Ind). A thorough investigation of a kind of music-making where normal musical interaction is transformed by the introduction of aural or visual cues generated by computer-based virtual interactors.
    The participating musicians form integral parts of a system of human and virtual agents, and characteristic music emerges depending on the system structure and the nature of the transformations.
    The investigation is carried out through a series of systematically designed experimental workshops in collaboration with international partner institutions (UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Princeton University, to far), where professional musicians participate in systems with gradually varied design parameters.

    At the Conceptual Limits of Composition. A Shrinking Emptiness – Meaning, Chaos and Entropy.
    Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2016–2018. Tracing some of the (human and non-human) complexities underlying Musical and Literary Composition.
    The research group consists of the composers/musicians Anders Hultqvist (Principal Investigator), Ole Lützow-Holm and Stefan Östersjö together with the writers and poets Gunnar D Hansson, Lotta Lotass and Staffan Söderblom. Working title: Tracing Some of the (Human and Non-human) Complexities Underlying Musical and Literary Composition. Keywords: Musical composition, Literary composition, Poetics, Perception, Entropy, Cognition, Space.

    Inner and Outer Spaces
    Anders Hagberg, An artistic development project about inner and outer spaces. Sound, silence and a musical state of mind. 2018–
    Anders Hagberg (flutes, soprano sax), Henrik Büller (baritone sax), Per Westlin (tenor sax, bass clarinet), August Eriksson (alto sax), Gustav Davidsson (trombone), Zofka Kasparova (flute), Olle Niklasson – (sound design)

    Improvisation – different languages under one roof
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2012–2013. Professors Karin Nelson and Anders Jormin as well as lecturer Jonas Simonson

    Improvisation of preludes on melody instruments
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2012–2013. PhD Maria Bania, On how preludes can be used by melody instrumentalists and in higher education in western classical music.

    Two perspectives on modal and sonorous improvisation
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2012
    Senior Lecturer Anders Hagberg

    Creative Performance
    Palle Dahlstedt (Principal Investigator, Dept. of Applied IT & Academy of Music and Drama), Per Anders Nilsson (Academy of Music and Drama). Funded by the Swedish Research Council 2011–2015
    This project investigated new conditions for musical performance (in the sense of improvisation, real-time creativity) by means of new technologies. Partly through the development and evaluation of new ways to play and improvise electronic and generative music, partly by developing computer applications that provide new interaction models for improvisation on acoustic instruments.
    There were four subprojects: Gestural control of electronic generative music, Virtual co-players, Computer-mediated interaction models, and Public interaction environments for shared musical creation, all based on promising spin-off results from the previous project Potential Music.

    At the border
    An artistic development project (2011–2012) on an exploration of the borderland between tradition, innovation, composition and improvisation. Jonas Simonson in partnership with musicians Mats Edén, Malmö, and Mattias Pérez, Karlstad/Ingesund.

    Towards an expanded field of art music
    Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2010–2013
    Professors Ole Lützow-Holm (Principal Investigator), Anders Hultqvist, Henrik Hellstenius Oslo, Anna Lindal and journalist/author Magnus Haglund.
    One of the starting points in the project “Towards an expanded field of art music” was the idea to integrate dynamic interpretation conditions that deviate from practices into composition. By leaving behind formal gaps and adding new variables or by refraining from establishing a definitive chronology, the concept of the romantic work is problematised. We wanted to test whether alternative interpretation strategies could encourage and inspire a reformulated art music practice.
    Musikens frihet och begränsning. 16 variationer på ett tema can be ordered from the book publisher Daidalos.

    Palestinian Music and Song
    Expression and Resistance since 1900, Indiana Univ. Press, 2013
    Stig-Magnus Thorsén, Moslih Kanaaneh, Heather Bursheh, David A McDonald
    A collaborative research project including the Birzeit University in Ramallah and University of Gothenburg. Drawing from a long history of indigenous traditions and incorporating diverse influences of surrounding cultures, music in Palestine and among the millions of Palestinians in diaspora offers a unique window on cultural and political events of the past century. From the perspective of scholars, performers, composers, and activists, Palestinian Music and Song examines the many ways in which music has been a force of representation, nation building, and social action. From the turn of the 20th century, when Palestine became an exotic object of fascination for missionaries and scholars, to 21st-century transnational collaborations in hip hop and new media, this volume traces the conflicting dynamics of history and tradition, innovation and change, power and resistance.

    The Middle East and the Nordic region
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2012
    Lecturer Sten Källman

    Rune's Relay
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2011–2012. Lecturer Palle Dahlstedt

    The Guitar as a Vehicle for New Music Performance Practice
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2011
    Professor Ming Tsao

    Unio mystica
    Financed by NKU, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg 2011
    Senior Lecturer Carl-Axel Hall/Professor Johannes Landgren

    Urban Sound Institute
    The projects Transmission and Into Sound (In i bruset) containing a number of artistic sub-projects and cooperations. Financed by the Swedish Research Council 2004–2006 and 2008–2010. Catharina Dyrssen (Chalmers, Principal Investigator), with Anders Hultqvist (Academy of Music and Drama), Staffan Mossenmark (Academy of Music and Drama), Per Sjösten (Indepen.) and Björn Hellström (University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm).
    Art based musical, architectonic and acoustic investigations of contemporary urban spaces. The project aims to critically challenge conceptions of noise as undifferentiated urban drones, and investigate it as a rich material with concealed details. Also, see the book Sound and other Spaces at https://ejeby.se/produkt/ljud-och-andra-rum-sound-and-other-spaces/

    Potential Music
    Palle Dahlstedt (Principal Investigator, Dept. of Applied IT and the Academy of Music and Drama), Per-Anders Nilsson (Academy of Music and Drama). Funded by the Swedish Research Council 2006–2009.
    The project focused on the exploration of musical solution spaces by the use of a spatial analogy, and a variety of algorithms were developed for this. They were directed towards both composition and improvisation. Using these algorithms, a whole family of novel musical instruments were developed and tested in a large number of concerts and recordings, including concerts and workshops at a large number of international universities (e.g. UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UC Santa Barbara, University of Victoria, UC San Diego, New York University).

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