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In the late 1960s process music and environmental music were initiated, and the theatrical aspects of musical performance received additional attention. In the 1970s bio-feedback control of musical signals, concept musics, all kinds of hybrid structures and events involving sound and silence, renewed interest in improvisation, and diverse kinds of intuitive soundmaking found practitioners and adherents. Some of these orientations were compatible with certain jazz practices or with interest in the antecedents of jazz (such as ragtime).

1 (continued) m X Cû 3 "H. o> î° rT O D 3' c CD CL 31 Berio's Sequenza III 6 text-use (rearrangement of the text; the various levels of coherence; the intelligibility achieved) 7 psycholinguistic connotations (including terms for denoting psychopathological phenomena in the use of language and in oral behaviour, implied psychopathological conditions, 'normal' psychic phenomena, and paralinguistic phenomena [English and English 1958; Trager 1958; Robbins 1963; and Vetter 1970]). ) 3 Intensity: From very soft to very loud; stable, changing 4 Duration: A variety between about one and ten seconds.

A further note of caution is necessary. It is widely recognized by linguists and psychiatrists that much basic research remains to be done before it will be possible to relate, with reasonable probability, a certain pattern of prosodie behaviour to a specific psychic state. D. Crystal states the matter with clarity: 'In the field of psycho-therapy, personality adjustment and so on, the importance of non-verbal aspects has been clearly realised, but little has been done' (Crystal 1969: 66). He quotes Dell Hymes: 'At present the focus of this work is chiefly on identifying and describing the relevant features.

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