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Secret Gardeners: an ethnography of improvised music in Berlin (2012-13)

  title={Secret Gardeners: an ethnography of improvised music in Berlin (2012-13)},
  author={Tom Arthurs},
This thesis addresses the aesthetics, ideologies and practicalities of contemporary European Improvised Music-making this term referring to the tradition that emerged from 1960s American jazz and free jazz, and that remains, arguably, one of today’s most misunderstood and under-represented musical genres. Using a multidisciplinary approach drawing on Grounded Theory, Ethnography and Social Network Analysis, and bounded by Berlin’s cosmopolitan local scene of 2012-13, I define Improvised Music… 
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