Truax, Barry

1992a

Electroacoustic Music and the Soundscape: The Inner and Outer World

In Paynter, J. et al. (eds.) Companion to Contemporary Musical Thought: Volume 1. London: Routledge: 374-398.

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Acoustic Communication Granular Synthesis and Resynthesis Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Electroacoustic Music Granular Music

Abstract:

In this chapter, the author notes that the practice of electroacoustic music is producing a new kind of listener and a new soundscape, while simultaneously being equally concerned with producing consumer-orientated music and products - music, as an expression of human spirit is locked in a struggle with music as the product of corporate control. In addressing this issue the author examines the contemporary role of music first from the outside, in terms of music within the soundscape, and then from the inside, in terms of the soundscape within the music. He traces how the traditional and complex relationship of the listener to the environment has been transformed by the social production of the electroacoustic listener as a consumer, and explores the new soundscape that is evolving within the practise of music and technology. He also dedicates a particular section to ‘granular synthesis’, briefly discussing several of his works that were composed using this method.

All references of the same author:

(English)

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 (1986). Computer Music Language Design and the Composing Process
Truax, Barry (1990). Composing with Real-time Granular Sound
Truax, Barry (1991). Capturing Musical Knowledge in Software Systems
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

(Français)

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