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The Philosophy of Improvisation Paperback – May 1, 2009
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"The Philosophy of Improvisation is like Lewis Hyde's The Gift; it is a book that academics and general readers will find both stimulating and enjoyable. It is a prodigious rethinking of the philosophical problem of improvisation, which brings together an impressive range of thinkers-Adorno, Deleuze, Derrida, Heidegger and Levinas, among others-but does so with a light touch. It is a terrific book."-Ian Buchanan, Cardiff University
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Improvisation is all about creativity and this book gets the mind going in the right direction. By the end of the book your mind is ready to explode...in a good way.
Why is this? I think it is because these quoted improvisation "classics" are all books of extreme musical inspiration and the Gary Peters' book is not designed like this at all. It is the product of a professor first I suspect, musician second, and is much more austere in nature . However, it is still a very worthwhile read and I suspect that it may be a book that will improve with further reading. Perhaps the reality is that I need to improve my philosophy base more to compete with Peters.
To conclude; this is a book firstly for philosophers who may or may not be musicians, while the other books I have mentioned are for improvising musicians, who by definition are almost always philosophers.