Emmerson, Simon


‘Losing Touch?': The Human Performer and Electronics

In Emmerson, S. (ed.) Music, Electronic Media and Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate: 194-216.

Language(s): English


Indicative Fields and Networks Causality Electroacoustic Music Live Electronics


Since the inception of the electroacoustic music field in the decade following the second world war, electronic music technology has, in some cases, divorced musical gestures from human action and bodily experiences. However, during this time, ‘mixed’ electroacoustic works, ‘live’ electroacoustic music and more recently, real-time computer music have attempted to reconcile this rupture of human cause and effect. In this chapter, the author examines some of the key approaches to this evolution of the last fifty years, including a detailed examination and extension of Denis Smalley’s notion of ‘indicative fields’, and a discussion as to what it is to be ‘live’ in electroacoustic music.

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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 (2000a). Crossing Cultural Boundaries Through Technology?
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?