Ukhu pacha and La historia de nosotros: electroacoustic music composition portfolio

Moncada, Jorge Gregorio García (2013). Ukhu pacha and La historia de nosotros: electroacoustic music composition portfolio. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This composition portfolio comprises two large musical works which explore non-Western musical instruments in electroacoustic music contexts. The fututos and the maguaré, two fundamental signalling and ritual instruments from the Latin American highlands and rain forests, reside in the cultural collective memory of two native nations as paramount archetypal sounds. Cultural values around the instruments such as symbology and ritual functions were analysed whilst constructing the contextual soundworld that hosts the material within the works.

Two large electroacoustic works, ukhu pacha and La historia de nosotros, are based on archaeological, historical, literary and mythological sources from different South American historical and geographical locations.

All sharing octophonic setups as a common multichannel format, the works display a variety of media configurations, including works for fixed audio media, mixed and instruments with live electronics. The accompanying commentary on the pieces focuses on a discussion of their musical and referential relation to their sources. Likewise, detailed musical analysis of certain compositional strategies is presented.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
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: M Music and Books on Music > M Music


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