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Soundscape composition: the convergence of ethnography and  acousmatic music

Drever, John L.. 2002. Soundscape composition: the convergence of ethnography and  acousmatic music. Organised Sound, 7(1), pp. 21-27. ISSN 1355-7718 [Article]

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Despite roots in acoustic ecology and soundscape studies, the practice and study of soundscape composition is often grouped with, or has grown out of the acousmatic music tradition. This can be observed in the positioning of soundscape compositions juxtaposed with acousmatic music compositions in concert programmes, CD compilations and university syllabuses. Not only does this positioning inform how soundscape composition is listened to, but also how it is produced, sonically and philosophically. If the making and presenting of representations of environmental sound is of fundamental concern to the soundscape artist, then it must be addressed. As this methodological issue is outside of previous musical concerns, to this degree, we must look to other disciplines that are primarily engaged with the making of representation, and that have thoroughly questioned what it is to make and present representations in the world today. One such discipline is ethnography. After briefly charting the genesis of soundscape composition and its underlying principles and motivations, the rest of the paper will present and develop one perspective, that of considering soundscape composition as ethnography.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1017/S1355771802001048

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music > Unit for Sound Practice Research

Dates:

DateEvent
2002Published

Item ID:

7834

Date Deposited:

05 Apr 2013 15:41

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 09:34

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/7834

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