In this chapter, I address the theoretical context concerning a recent work of mine, Structural Cohesion (2019), which was first performed at Concertgebouw Brugge, Belgium, in association with the Orpheus Institute, Ghent. I begin by addressing questions concerning the nature of the work as a musical performance. I discuss the work in relation to physical, architectural space, with particular reference to “circulation” in architectural theory: that is, the way people move through and interact with a building. I also consider the way in which various acts of the performance inscribe musical form. Finally, I conclude my chapter with comments on the apprehension of “rules” in the game-like elements of the work and the role of the audience.
‘Game-Show; or The Playful Work of the Voice’ by Nicholas Brown is published in Experience : Music : Experiment - Pragmatism and Artistic Research, ed. William Brooks (Leuven: Leuven University Press, Orpheus Institute Series), 2021