Emmerson, Simon

2000a

Crossing Cultural Boundaries Through Technology?

In Emmerson, S. (ed.) Music, Electronic Media and Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate: 115-137.

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Electroacoustic Music Mixed Work

Abstract:

In this chapter, the author notes that in recent years there has been an increasing interest in the use of instruments from other, usually non-western, cultures in electroacoustic music. Many such instruments come from highly developed traditions which may be little understood by the western composer; many performance practices, attitudes and aesthetics may likewise be misunderstood in both directions. The problems and opportunities afforded by technology becomes a major issue. The author addresses this issue through case studies of two works combining eastern and western resources: Pathways (1989) and Points of Return (1998). He examines the complex tensions and interactions in relating two traditions within one composition (from the composer’s perspective), and discusses what forms successful acculturation between two highly developed traditions might take.

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 (1986). The Relation of Language to Materials
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 (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?