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A portfolio of electroacoustic and acousmatic compositions

Scardanelli, Simon (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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A portfolio of electroacoustic and acousmatic compositions realised through a variety of audio and audio-visual media, and with a particular emphasis on using speech as compositional material. The use of speech in compositions raises questions of political intent and responsibility, and these are addressed. The challenges of composing electroacoustic works for theatre, film and for a site specific installation are also discussed. The use of electroacoustic principles in the production of rock music is examined with reference to my own works in this genre.

List of files:
PDF: Commentary
MP3: A Sharp Intake of Breath (2000, 6’15”)
MP3: Fragments of Democracy (1999-2000, 16’55”)
MP3: de(re)construction (2000, 13’21”)
MP3: Aqualogica (2000, 11’13”)
MP3: Guitar = God (2009, 12’16”)
MP3: The Lonely Bridge Song (2001) Junkie (2’12”)
MP3: The Lonely Bridge Song (2001) Begging (4’16”)
MP3: The Lonely Bridge Song (2001) Background ambience (extract) (1’39”)
MP3: That Dangerous Sparkle (2007) The Valentines (5’04”)
MP3: That Dangerous Sparkle (2007) Let There Be A Place (4’53”)
MP3: That Dangerous Sparkle (2007) When You’re Lying (3’49”)

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of European Cultures and Languages, Department of Music
Additional Information:

The thesis comprises a written Commentary together with audio and video recordings. The audio recordings provided here are for study purposes. Full, professionally-recorded versions are available via The original thesis, including all of the audio and video recordings, is available for reference use in the University of Birmingham Main Library.

Subjects:M Music
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:914
This unpublished thesis/dissertation is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights of the author or third parties in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this thesis/dissertation must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
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