Wishart, Trevor


On Sonic Art - Revised Edition

London: Routledge.

Language(s): English


Electroacoustic Music Sonic Art Aural Landscape Musicology of Electroacoustic Music [MEM]


In this comprehensive book, the author draws together various theoretical threads that have emerged from his years of experience working in music, music-theatre and electroacoustic music. The author addresses communicative issues in the composition of sonic art from a perceptual perspective, searching for criteria for composing music with non-lattice materials which ’work’ in some experientially verifiable sense.

Table of contents:

1. What is Sonic Art?
2. Beyond the Pitch/Duration Paradigm
3. Pythagoras, Fourier, Helmholtz: Towards a Phenomenology of Sound
4. The Nature of Sonic Space
5. Sound Structures in the Continuum
6. Gesture and Counterpoint
7. Sound Landscape
8. Sound-image as Metaphor: Music And Myth
9. Is There a Natural Morphology of Sounds?
10. Spatial Motion
11. Utterance
12. The Human Repertoire
13. Phonemic Objects
14. Language Stream and Paralanguage
15. The Group
16. Beyond the Instrument: Sound Models

All references of the same author:


Wishart, Trevor (1978). Red Bird: A Document
Wishart, Trevor (1984). Soundscape Design in the Jorvik Viking Centre Museum
Wishart, Trevor (1986a). Sound Symbols and Landscapes
Wishart, Trevor (1986b). The Environment for Computer Music Composition
Wishart, Trevor (1988). The Composition of Vox-5
Wishart, Trevor (1989). The Function of Text in the VOX cycle
Wishart, Trevor (1991). Computer Music and Post-Modernism
Wishart, Trevor (1992). Music and Technology: Problems and Perspectives
Wishart, Trevor (1993). From Architecture to Chemistry
Wishart, Trevor (1994). Audible Design: A Plain and Easy Introduction to Practical Sound Design
Wishart, Trevor (1996b). The Situation of the Sonic Arts Today
Wishart, Trevor (2000). Sonic Composition in Tongues of Fire