Truax, Barry


Computer Music Language Design and the Composing Process

In Emmerson, S. (Ed.) The Language of Electroacoustic Music. London: Macmillan: 141-153.

Language(s): English


Computer Music Electroacoustic Music Structure, Musical [Str]


In this essay, the author examines the relation between computer music language and the musical language that is a product of its use. He presents an argument that behind new ‘styles’ of computer music lie new compositional processes and new ways of thinking about sound which can be traced back to the specific computer music software that is being used. He illustrates his discussion by presenting an account of the composition of his four-channel tape work Solar Ellipse (1984-85).

All references of the same author:


Truax, Barry (1976). A Communicational Approach to Computer Sound Programs
Truax, Barry (1977). The Soundscape and Technology
Truax, Barry (1980a). The Inverse Relation Between Generality and Strength in Computer Music Programs
Truax, Barry (1980b). Timbral Construction as a Stochastic Process
Truax, Barry (1982). Timbral Construction in Arras as a Stochastic Process
Truax, Barry (1985). The PODX System: Interactive Compositional Software for the DMX-1000
Truax, Barry (1990). Composing with Real-time Granular Sound
Truax, Barry (1991). Capturing Musical Knowledge in Software Systems
Truax, Barry (1992a). Electroacoustic Music and the Soundscape: The Inner and Outer World
Truax, Barry (1992b). Musical Creativity and Complexity at the Threshold of the 21st Century
Truax, Barry (1992c). Composing with Time-Shifted Environmental Sound
Truax, Barry (1994). The Inner and Outer Complexity of Music
Truax, Barry (1995a). The Composition of Environmental Sound at Simon Fraser University
Truax, Barry (1995b). La composition basée sur le timbre avec son granulaire
Truax, Barry (1996a). Electroacoustic Symbolism in Powers of Two: The Artist
Truax, Barry (1996b). Soundscape, Acoustic Communication and Environmental Sound Composition
Truax, Barry (1996c). Sounds and Sources in Powers of Two: Towards a contemporary myth
Truax, Barry (1996d). Sounds and Sources in Powers of Two Towards a Contemporary Myth
Truax, Barry (1996e). Computer Controlled Diffusion
Truax, Barry (1996f). Computer Music as Commercial or Public Culture: A Personal View
Truax, Barry (1998a). Composition and Diffusion: Space in Sound in Space
Truax, Barry (1998b). Letter to a 25 year-old electroacoustic composer
Truax, Barry (1999a). Handbook for Acoustic Ecology
Truax, Barry (1999b). Letter to a Twenty-Five Year Old Electroacoustic Composer
Truax, Barry (1999c). Sonology: A Questionable Science Revisited
Truax, Barry (2000a). The Aesthetics of Computer Music: A questionable concept reconsidered
Truax, Barry (2001a). Acoustic Communication Studies at Simon Fraser University
Truax, Barry (2001b). Acoustic Communication - Second Edition
Truax, Barry (2001c). Time and Electroacoustic Music
Truax, Barry (2002a). Electroacoustic Music and the Digital Future
Truax, Barry (2002b). Genres and Techniques of Soundscape Composition as Developed at Simon Fraser University
Truax, Barry (2003). Homoeroticism and Electroacoustic Music: Absence and Personal Voice


Truax, Barry (1995b). La composition basée sur le timbre avec son granulaire
Truax, Barry (1996d). Sons et sources dans Powers of Two : vers un mythe contemporain
Truax, Barry (1996e). Diffusion assistée par ordinateur

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