A collection of musical works composed by the use of computer music applications and technology

Nikolopoulos, Georgios (2021). A collection of musical works composed by the use of computer music applications and technology. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This dissertation has been written to fulfill the graduation requirements of the PhD research in Musical Composition Program at the University of Birmingham. The whole project is based on interdisciplinary research and the music in this portfolio can be classed as electroacoustic music, drawing as it does on sound synthesis, physical modeling, real-time audio, interactive music and improvisation, ambisonics, and orchestral music for acoustic instruments with tape.
The music works Paradoxes are inspired by postmodern philosophy, and particularly the work of Gilles Deleuze The Logic of Sense (1969). The introduction discusses the basic concepts of the Deleuzean philosophy related to my music work and illustrates some of my compositional influences, their thought and some of my own concepts as well. The Six Paradoxes analysis follows an analytical listening approach with spectrograms and offers some insight to my compositional process. The Machine Learning Study focuses on interactive music and improvisation, while Formulations is a fixed media work with reactive visuals. The next composition, Turmoil, consists of two versions, one is the electroacoustic version and the other one is music composed for acoustic instruments and tape exploring further the idea of the continuous change between real and unreal sounds. Lastly, my fixed media acousmatic work Fossils deals with the idea of structural duality and is based on interactive inputs. The portfolio totals approximately 95 minutes.

Supporting information for the thesis can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.25500/edata.bham.00000622

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Department of Music
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/11341


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