Time, Space, Memory: A portfolio of acousmatic compositions

Tarren, Christopher James (2014). Time, Space, Memory: A portfolio of acousmatic compositions. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This portfolio comprises of a collection of acousmatic works which investigate the role of source bonding in music – the tendency of listeners to relate sounds to their real-world sources and the signifying implication of such a link – with a particular focus on how spatial design can contribute towards source-bonding in the music’s perception as a holistic spatio-sonic entity. A number of compositional strategies, multichannel formats and spatial audio technologies are investigated, with their merits assessed based on their suitability for shaping the qualities of musical space explored.

The discussion in this commentary will show how these holistic spaces can have similar qualities of perceived
‘reality’ and ‘abstraction’ to the individual sounds, and how this is investigated in the musical works. I shall also
show how the contrasting environmental qualities of these spaces became a source of of inspiration for structuring the development of my music, and how they might evoke subsequent meaning in their experience based on the listener’s understanding of the spatial source bonds.

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: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Subjects: 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/5208


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