Got Lost: Embodied Vocal Performance at the Junction of Autoethnography and Practice-Based Research

  • Jessica Aszodi
Part of the Creativity, Education and the Arts book series (CEA)


This chapter takes the author’s singerly experience as a site for gleaning knowledge of the performing self through embodiment, and the relationship between composers, scores and the realisation of contemporary notated musical works. The specific focus of the chapter is the author’s practice-based research toward realising Helmut Lachenmann’s Got Lost (Got lost. 2008) for voice and piano. Got Lost is a piece that exploits the body of the singer and the attention of the listener with kaleidoscopic detail. In the process of learning, rehearsing and performing the piece, the author discovered some novel, and reinforced some well-known, methods for learning complex music in a way that enabled efficient modulation of attention and physical empowerment for task. This autoethnographic writing draws upon embodied practice, score analysis, existing literature and the composer’s own scholarly writings, seeking to make sense of the musical within the frame of the subjective.


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