Anders Hillborg And His Music
The work of composer Anders Hillborg must be understood primarily, but not exclusively, as electronic. The harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, formal and orchestral techniques he employs are all defined by the use of computers and synthesizers. However, because of Hillborg's use of caricatures, found objects, and forms best described as discordant collages, it is clear his work should be classified in the broader artistic movement of postmodernism. Furthermore, the development of Hillborg's oeuvre can be elucidated by placing it chronologically within the context of his life and work. Hillborg's approach to composition is refreshing because of its inclusionary aesthetic and its diversity of content. His successful work in multiple genres aids him in this approach and gives him a unique perspective from which to cross over boundaries. Today, in the age of information and consumerism, many composers have access to and are being influenced by a wide variety of musical genres and styles, and Hillborg's mantra that every sound, in the right context, can be music is now more appropriate than ever before. Hillborg is a significant example of how artists can continue to create thought-provoking and original art in an age of oversaturation and global awareness, and he has opened new doors of possibility for composition in an electronic world.
Anders Hillborg; Postmodernism; Electronic Music
Peraino, Judith Ann; Stucky, Steven Edward
Doctor of Musical Arts
dissertation or thesis