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Minimal Objects in Microsound

Joanna Demers

in Listening through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195387650
eISBN:
9780199863594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387650.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western, History, American

Unlike the genres profiled in chapters 1 and 2, other forms of electronic music treat sound not as a sign but as an object, an entity with no preexisting semantic content. chapter 3 looks at the ... More


Pierre Schaeffer, the Sound Object, and the Acousmatic Reduction

Brian Kane

in Sound Unseen: Acousmatic Sound in Theory and Practice

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199347841
eISBN:
9780199347872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347841.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

Pierre Schaeffer, the inventor of musique concrète, turned to phenomenology when attempting to ground a new field of research known as acousmatics (l’acousmatique). This chapter traces the historical ... More


Reflections on Sound Art

Jamie Sexton

in Music, Sound and Multimedia: From the Live to the Virtual

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748625338
eISBN:
9780748671038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625338.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the theme of sonic art, in which sound objects are often presented within gallery spaces or as site-specific installations. It explains how digital technologies impact upon ... More


The Ontology of Recorded Sound

Mads Walther-Hansen

in Making Sense of Recordings: How Cognitive Processing of Recorded Sound Works

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780197533901
eISBN:
9780197533949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197533901.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

The chapter begins with a discussion of the role of the metaphor in the formation of sound’s ontology by situating metaphorical descriptions of sound within a discussion of existing definitions of ... More


The electronic medium

Curtis Roads

in Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780195373233
eISBN:
9780190232900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373233.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

The impact of electronic technology on music can be seen as an opening. Varèse called for the “liberation of sound,” and we see this manifest in the acceptance of any sound possible as a musical ... More


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