Smalley, Denis

1986

Spectro-morphology and Structuring Processes

In Emmerson, S. (ed.) The Language of Electroacoustic Music. London: Macmillan: 61-93.

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Parameters of Sound Spectromorphology Gesture Indicative Fields and Networks Acousmatic Aural Perspective Listening Strategy Texture Timbre Electroacoustic Music Perception

Abstract:

In this article, the author illustrates and discusses the principal concepts and terminology of spectromorphology. Noting that listeners can only apprehend (electroacoustic) music if they discover a perceptual affinity with its materials and structure, the author details how spectromorphological concepts are relative to certain structuring process engaged during the listening experience and that through an awareness of such processes an electroacoustic composer has a greater potential for developing a partnership of aural understanding between her/himself and the listener (audience) in an electroacoustic work.

All references of the same author:

(English)

Smalley, Denis (1982a). Problems of Materials and Structure in Electro-Acoustic Music (part 1)
Smalley, Denis (1982b). Problems of Materials and Structure in Electro-Acoustic Music (part 2)
Smalley, Denis (1989). Pentes: A Conversation with Denis Smalley
Smalley, Denis (1991). Spatial Experience in Electro-acoustic Music
Smalley, Denis (1992). The Listening Imagination: Listening in the Electroacoustic Era
SMALLEY, Denis (1992a). Can electroacoustic music be analysed? (La musica elettroacustica pu˛ essere analizzata?)
Smalley, Denis (1993). Defining Transformations
Smalley, Denis (1994). Defining Timbre - Refining Timbre
Smalley, Denis (1995a). The Listening Imagination: Listening in the Electroacoustic Era
Smalley, Denis (1995b). La spectromorphology: une explication des formes du son
Smalley, Denis (1996). La spettromorfologia: una spiegazione delle forme del suono.
Smalley, Denis (1997). Spectromorphology: Explaining sound-shapes
Smalley, Denis (1999). ╔tablissement de cadres relationnels pour l'analyse de la musique postschaefferienne
Smalley, Denis (2007). Space-form and the acousmatic image

(Français)

Smalley, Denis (1995b). La spectromorphology : une explication des formes du son
Smalley, Denis (1999). ╔tablissement de cadres relationnels pour l'analyse de la musique postschaefferienne

(Italiano)

SMALLEY, Denis (1992a). La musica elettroacustica pu˛ essere analizzata?