Episode #21: Individual vs. Collective Improvising Melvin Backstrom on Community


Melvin Backstrom, PhD candidate in musicology at McGill University, talks about individuality in relation to the formation of community both in political life and in improvisatory practices. We consider the tension between positive and negative liberty in relation to familiar and experimental forms of music, as well as the difference between collective models of improvisation on the one hand, and the valuation of heroic virtuosity on the other. Join us in thinking about the pitfalls of individualism in political, economic, and musical life! This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM in Guleph, Ontario, Canada on the 18th of June, 2015.

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