Sunday, November 20, 2011

Electroacoustic Music

  1. Music that is produced, modified or reproduced by electronic means, including computer hardware and software, and that makes creative use of those technologies
  2. Any music in which electricity has had some involvement in registration/ Production
  3. More recently, much electroacoustic music has combined the use of such "concrete" sounds with wholly synthesized sounds as will as with live performance
Examples

Gesange der Jungling ~ Karlheinz Stockhausen
(1958)
  • utilized both synthesized and vocal sounds
  • speech sounds of children
  • Song of the Youths in the Fiery Furnace from the Biblical passage of Daniel
Poeme Electronique ~ Edgar Varese
(1958)
  • Written especially for the Brussels World Fair
  • 400 speakers surrounding the audience
  • uses both concrete and synthesized sounds
  • Extremely sophisticated work
Imaginary Landscapes I ~ John Cage
(1939)
  • important for being one of the first examples of electroacoustic pieces
  • for performers
  • muted piano, cymbal, two variable-speed turntables with amplifiers and frequency recorders
  • all of the imaginary landscape works include instruments requiring electricity
  • "It's not a physical landscape, it's a term reserved for the new technologies. It's a landscape in the future."

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