Norman, Katharine


Stepping Outside for a Moment: Narrative Space in Two Works for Sound Alone

In Emmerson, S. (ed.) Music, Electronic Media and Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate: 217-244.

Language(s): English


Narrative Dramaturgy of Electroacoustic Music Listening Experience


In this chapter, the author notes that there is a need for a new kind of literature to explain works of art for sound, one that listens differently to what is going on and allows for the subjective interpretation of the listener as a valued tool. In addressing this she explores fiction and non-conventional presentation as a way of illustrating narrative in two works for sound alone: Paul Lansky’s, Things she carried (1997) and Luc Ferrari’s, Presque rien avec filles (1989).

All references of the same author:


Norman, Katharine (1994). Telling Tales
Norman, Katharine (1996). Real-World Music as Composed Listening
Norman, Katharine (2004). Sounding Art: Eight Literary Excursions through Electronic Music