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Expanding the Horizon of Electroacoustic Music Analysis


Simon Emmerson, Leigh Landy, Gary Kendall, John Young, Michael Young, Raúl Minsburg, Tae Hong Park, Michael Gatt, Pierre Couprie, Ben Ramsay, Ambrose Seddon, John Ferguson, Kersten Glandien, Manuella Blackburn, Sophy Smith, Andrew Hugill, Panos Amelides, Katharine Norman
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  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107118324

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  • Innovations in music technology bring with them a new set of challenges for describing and understanding the electroacoustic repertoire. This edited collection presents a state-of-the-art overview of analysis methods for electroacoustic music in this rapidly developing field. The first part of the book explains the needs of differing electroacoustic genres and puts forward a template for the analysis of electroacoustic music. Part II discusses the latest ideas in the field and the challenges associated with new technologies, while Part III explores how analyses have harnessed the new forces of multimedia, and includes an introduction to new software programme EAnalysis, which was created by the editors as the result of an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant. The final part of the book demonstrates these new methods in action, with analyses of key electroacoustic works from a wide range of genres and sources.

    • Explains the latest challenges posed by new technologies for the study of electroacoustic music
    • Present useful and accessible analytical tools and applies them to analyses of a wide variety of electroacoustic works
    • Accompanied by a set of online resources to help the reader with their own analyses
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    'The contributors share profound insights on a variety of subjects and demonstrate tools and methodologies that address the unique challenges of electroacoustic music analysis. Composers, performers, analysts, and educators will find this collection to be a valuable source of course readings, analytical examples, and creative inspiration. It is also an essential book for college and university library collections that support music technology, music theory, and electroacoustic music composition programs.' Joel V. Hunt, Notes

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    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107118324
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 183 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 82 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Setting the Scene: Introduction Simon Emmerson and Leigh Landy
    1. The analysis of electroacoustic music – the differing needs of its genres and categories Simon Emmerson and Leigh Landy
    Part II. Ideas and Challenges:
    2. Listening and meaning: how a model of mental layers informs electroacoustic music analysis Gary Kendall
    3. Forming form John Young
    4. Interactive and generative music: a quagmire for the musical analyst Michael Young
    5. Some ideas concerning the relationship between form and texture Raúl Minsburg
    Part III. Harnessing New Forces:
    6. Exploiting computational paradigms for electroacoustic music analysis Tae Hong Park
    7. OREMA – an analytical community Michael Gatt
    8. EAnalysis: developing a sound-based music analytical tool Pierre Couprie
    Part IV. Analyses of Key Works:
    9. Trevor Wishart's Children's Stories II from Encounters in the Republic of Heaven: an analysis for children of a sample-based composition Leigh Landy
    10. Analysis of Foil by Autechre (from Amber (1994)) Ben Ramsay
    11. Temporal recurrence in Andrew Lewis's Penmon Point Ambrose Seddon
    12. Michel Waisvisz: No Backup/Hyper Instruments John Ferguson
    13. Analysing sound art: Douglas Henderson's Fadensonnen (2009) Kersten Glandien
    14. Analysing the identifiable: cultural borrowing in Diana Salazar's La voz del fuelle Manuella Blackburn
    15. Kireek 2011 championship routine analysis Sophy Smith
    16. The analysis of live and interactive electroacoustic music: Hans Tutschku – Zellen-Linien (2007) Simon Emmerson
    17. Audio only computer games – Papa Sangre Andrew Hugill and Panos Amelides
    18. Some questions around listening: Vancouver Soundscape Revisited by Claude Schryer Katharine Norman.

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    Simon Emmerson, De Montfort University, Leicester
    Simon Emmerson is Professor of Music, Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. As a composer, he works mostly with live electronics, recently for Sond'Arte (Lisbon), and acousmatic work for the Inventionen Festival (Berlin). His books include The Language of Electroacoustic Music (1986), Music, Electronic Media and Culture (2000) and Living Electronic Music (2007). In 2009–10, he was DAAD Edgar Varese Visiting Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin.

    Leigh Landy, De Montfort University, Leicester
    Leigh Landy directs the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University. His scholarship is divided between creative and musicological work, and his compositions have been performed around the globe. He is editor of the journal Organised Sound and author of several books including Understanding the Art of Sound Organization (2007) and Making Music with Sounds (2012). He directs the ElectroAcoustic Resource Site (EARS) projects and is a founding director of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (EMS).


    Simon Emmerson, Leigh Landy, Gary Kendall, John Young, Michael Young, Raúl Minsburg, Tae Hong Park, Michael Gatt, Pierre Couprie, Ben Ramsay, Ambrose Seddon, John Ferguson, Kersten Glandien, Manuella Blackburn, Sophy Smith, Andrew Hugill, Panos Amelides, Katharine Norman

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