The visual sound-shapes of spectromorphology: an illustrative guide to composition

Blackburn, Manuella (2011) The visual sound-shapes of spectromorphology: an illustrative guide to composition. Organised Sound, 16 (01). pp. 5-13. ISSN 1355-7718

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Since its conception, Denis Smalley's spectromorphology has equipped listeners and practitioners of electroacoustic music with appropriate and relevant vocabulary to describe the sound-shapes, sensations and evocations associated with experiences of acousmatic sound. This liberation has facilitated and permitted much-needed discussion about sound events, structures and other significant sonic detail. More than 20 years on, it is safe to assume that within the electroacoustic music community there is an agreed and collective understanding of spectromorphological vocabulary and its descriptive application. Spectromorphology's influence has been far reaching, inciting approaches to electroacoustic music analysis (Thoresen 2007), notation (Patton 2007), composition and education through its flexible functionality and accessible pool of vocabulary.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Music (up to 30th April 2018)
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2014 08:48
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2014 08:48

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