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Writings 2020-05-05T20:25:49+00:00

2019

Beneath Improvisation.
In Rehding, Alexander and Steven Rings, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Critical Concepts in Music Theory. New York: Oxford University Press.

2014

“Improvisation, Action Understanding, and Music Cognition With and Without Bodies.” In Lewis, George E., and Benjamin Piekut, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013

Improvising Digital Culture.
Miller, Paul D. and V. Iyer. In A. Heble and R. Wallace, eds., People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now! (Duke University Press, 2013), 225-243. Reprinted from Critical Studies in Improvisation 5(1), 2009.

Are Cities Music?
Red Bull Music Academy.

Album Review: Boards of Canada, “Tomorrow’s Harvest.”
The Talkhouse.

Album Review: Flying Lotus, “Until the Quiet Comes.”
The Talkhouse.

Meditation on the music of Roscoe Mitchell,
Table and Chairs.

2012

Parallel Universes.”
Guest column in JazzTimes 41(1).

2010

“Thelonious Monk: Ode to a Sphere.”
Guest column in JazzTimes 40(1).

2009

“Strength in Numbers.”
In The Guardian UK (Online Edition).

Improvisation: Terms and conditions.
In Zorn, J., ed., Arcana IV. New York, NY: Hips Road / Tzadik.

“A Listening Questionnaire.” Shifter 14(20).

2008

“On Improvisation, Temporality, and Embodied Experience.”
In Miller, P., ed., Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, p. 273-292

Book review“Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music.”
By Mark Butler. In Journal of the Society for American Music, 2(2): 269-276.

“Concerning Late Style in Composers and Improvisers.”
Program notes to Brentano Quartet Carnegie Hall concerts.

2007

“Uncertainty Principles.”
All About Jazz New York, March 2007.

2006

“Sangha: Collaborative improvisations on community.”
Critical Studies in Improvisation / Etudes critiques en improvisation 1(3).

2004

“Navigation through Form: Composing for improvisors.”
Program notes for Improvise!, a festival organized by American Composers Orchestra.

“Exploding the Narrative in Jazz Improvisation.”
In O’Meally, R., B. Edwards & F. Griffin, eds., Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies. New York: Columbia University Press.

Improvisation, Temporality, and Embodied Experience.
Journal of Consciousness Studies 11(3-4): 159-173.

2002

Being Home: Jazz Authority and the Politics of Place.
Current Musicology 71-73: 462-476.

Embodied Mind, Situated Cognition, and Expressive Microtiming in African-American Music.
Music Perception 19(3): 387-414.

1998

Microstructures of Feel, Macrostructures of Sound: Embodied Cognition in West African and African-American Musics.
Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.

1997

A Novel Representation for Rhythmic Structure.
Iyer, V., Bilmes, J., Wright, M., and Wessel, D. Proceedings of the 1997 International Computer Music Conference (San Francisco: International Computer Music Association), 97-100.

1996

Steve Coleman, M-Base, and Musical Collectivism.