Windsor, W. Luke


Through and Around the Acousmatic: The Interpretation of Electroacoustic Sounds

In Emmerson, S. (ed.) Music, Electronic Media and Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate: 7-35.

Language(s): English


Acousmatic Discourse within Electroacoustic Music Transcontextuality Acousmatic Listening Strategy Source Recognition Electroacoustic Music Perception


In this chapter, the author interrogates the musical-theoretical consequences of acousmatic music, that which denies a visual source for its constituent sounds. He introduces an ecological view of perception through which he demonstrates how a consideration of the relationship between action, perception and meaning can provide a more perceptually relevant analysis of electroacoustic music. He analyses works by György Ligeti (Artikulation, 1988), Pierre Henry (Variations pour une porte et une soupir, 1987) and Fred Frith (Guitar Solos: Alienated Industrial Seagulls, 1993) to show how a more subtle and perceptually motivated view of the acousmatic has more important aesthetic consequences.

All references of the same author:


Windsor, W. Luke (1994). Using Auditory Information for Events in Electroacoustic Music
Windsor, W. Luke (1997). Frequency Structure in Electroacoustic Music: Ideology, function and perception