Keane, David


Tape Music Composition

London: Oxford University Press.

Language(s): English


Electroacoustic Devices Electroacoustic Instruments Synthesizer Mixing Recording Sound Shaping Editing Filter Reverberation Sound Transformation Varispeed Stereophonic


This article is a complete presentation of tape music techniques and aesthetics. From basic techniques like editing and splicing to synthesizers, the author explains how to use each technique. He also briefly analyses the main aesthetic problems: performance, listening, the use of aleatoric and complex structures and the role of time. A brief annotated bibliography completes the book.

Table of contents:

  1. Principles of tape recorders
  2. Principles of tape recording
  3. Composition using basic recording techniques
  4. Composition using basic tape editing techniques
  5. Compositing using two tape recorders
  6. Mixers
  7. Treatment devices: filtering, reverberation and variable speed control
  8. Composition with synthesizers
  9. Basic aesthetic considerations
  10. Setting up an electronic music studio

All references of the same author:


Keane, David (1979). Some Aspects of Teaching Electronic Music Composition
Keane, David (1980a). Computer Music: Some Problems and Objectives in Applied Aesthetics
Keane, David (1981). The Quest for ‘Musically Interesting' Structures in Computer Music
Keane, David (1984). The Bourges International Festival of Experimental Music: A Retrospective
Keane, David (1985). Architecture and Aesthetics: The Construction and the Objectives of Elektronikus Moza´k
Keane, David (1986). At the Threshold of an Aesthetic
Keane, David (1989a). Some Practical Aesthetic Problems of Electronic Music Composition
Keane, David (1989b). The Quest for 'Musically Interesting' Structures in Computer Music
Keane, David (2000). Electroacoustic Music in Canada: 1950-1984