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Can Sound Function in Music?

Bridges, Brian (2010) Can Sound Function in Music? In: Society for Musicology in Ireland 2010 Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Magee campus. Society for Musicology in Ireland. 6 pp. [Conference contribution]

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This paper will discuss issues in the integration of an expanded vocabulary of sonic materials in music (for the sake of brevity termed ‘sound’ in the title). It will examine this issue from three perspectives: (1) contextual and referential aspects of the use of such materials in composition, (2) timbral organisation in music, and (3) organisational influences in music derived from structures to be found in environmental sounds. It will largely focus on music rather than sound art (which I take to be the version of the sonic art-form which owes much to conceptual art), though it will touch on issues relating to how differences between the two art forms may be articulated. Indeed, it may be that the central question of this paper could be reframed as ‘can sound function in music without it becoming indistinguishable from sound art?’, or, more bluntly, ‘is music which uses a wider range of sound materials actually music?’

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Electroacoustic, ecological, perception, music, theory, noise, sound, art, timbre
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:32091
Deposited By: Dr Brian Bridges
Deposited On:01 Dec 2015 15:11
Last Modified:01 Dec 2015 15:11

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