Cognition, Technology & Work

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 233–251

Theoretical and methodological issues related to long term creative cognition: the case of musical composition

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10111-007-0082-z

Cite this article as:
Donin, N. & Theureau, J. Cogn Tech Work (2007) 9: 233. doi:10.1007/s10111-007-0082-z


The theme of large temporal span of cognition is emerging as a key issue in cognitive anthropology and ergonomics. We will consider it through the analysis of a musical composition process, that of Voi(rex) by Philippe Leroux, in which sketches and score writing are articulated through the use of different kinds of computer software. After presenting the data collecting method, we will consider the analysis of the resulting data concerning the writing of two movements of Voi(rex). Such an analysis will allow us: (1) to draw methodological conclusions about the time and mode of inquiry; (2) to specify the notion of situated cognition in situations essentially pre-established by the actor; (3) to set out two families of theoretical results relating to large temporal span cognitive phenomena: the first concerns the notion of an idea and its role in the development of the creative process; the second deals with the notion of the appropriation of tools and the making of situated individual cognition.


Large temporal span of cognition Activity analysis Musical composition Situation simulation Cognition theory 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (I.R.C.A.M.) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.)ParisFrance

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