Emmerson, Simon

1986

The Relation of Language to Materials

In Emmerson, S. (Ed.) The Language of Electroacoustic Music. London: Macmillan: 17-39.

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Musique Concrète Analysis Semantic Listening Abstract Syntax and Abstracted Syntax Aural Discourse and Mimetic Discourse Mimesis Sound Image Sound Symbol Electroacoustic Music Electronic Music

Abstract:

In this essay, the author investigates the possibility of identifying particular systems of language (discourse and syntax) in electroacoustic music. He defines and discusses mimetic musical discourse, aural musical discourse, abstract syntax and abstracted syntax. He then combines all four categories into a language grid that can be used to analyse works as particular discourse/syntax dominant types. He also notes that this approach can be used to illustrate more clearly some of the fundamental differences between musique concrète and elektronische Musik.

All references of the same author:

(English)

Emmerson, Simon (1976). Electronic Music in Education
Emmerson, Simon (1982). Analysis and the Composition of Electro-Acoustic Music
Emmerson, Simon (1989). Composing Strategies and Pedagogy
Emmerson, Simon (1991). Interview with Jonathan Harvey
Emmerson, Simon (1994a). ‘Local/Field': Towards a Typology of Live Electroacoustic Music
Emmerson, Simon (1994b). 'Live' versus 'Real-time'
Emmerson, Simon (1995a). Analysis of Live Electronic Music
Emmerson, Simon (1995b). Electroacoustic Music: Aesthetic Situation and Perspectives
Emmerson, Simon (1996). Sentences for Soprano and Electronics: Towards a Poetics of Live Electronic Music
Emmerson, Simon (1998a). Acoustic/Electroacoustic: The Relationship with Instruments
Emmerson, Simon (1998b). Aural Landscape: Musical Space
Emmerson, Simon (2000a). Crossing Cultural Boundaries Through Technology?
Emmerson, Simon (2000b). ‘Losing Touch?': The Human Performer and Electronics
Emmerson, Simon (2000c). Time Regained
Emmerson, Simon (2001a). New Spaces/New Places: a Sound House for the performance of electroacoustic music and sonic art
Emmerson, Simon (2001b). From Dance to Dance: Distance and Digits
Emmerson, Simon (2001c). Pentes: A Conversation with Denis Smalley
Emmerson, Simon (2001d). The Electroacoustic Harpsichord
Emmerson, Simon (2006). In what form can ‘live electronic music' live on?