Belkin, Alan


Orchestration, Perception, and Musical Time: A Composer's View

Computer Music Journal: Vol. 12, No. 2. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 47-53.


Language(s): English


Modes of Listening Perception Psychoacoustics


The construction of a comprehensive theory of orchestration adequate to deal with computer music has so far been hampered two main factors: the enormous variety in the sounds available, and the exponential rate at which audio and computer technology has been developing. In this article, the author outlines a theory of orchestration based on the relationship between sounds and their musical/temporal context that circumvents these problems. The theory makes possible some useful generalisations that the author believes will not become obsolete with the next generation of synthesisers.