Norman, Katharine


Telling Tales

Contemporary Music Review: Vol. 10, No. 2. Chur: Harwood: 103-109.


Language(s): English


Soundscape Composition Narrative Intention and Reception Phonography


In this article, taking models offered by the aural tradition as a central focus, the author explores an analogy between the intentions of storytelling and the performing activity of tape music composers who use ‘realworld’ sounds - that is, candid recordings of everyday life - as a means to reflect on human experience. By inviting a restructuring of both ordinary and more traditional ‘musical’ listening stances, this ‘realworld music’ reveals an approach to composition primarily concerned with the dynamic, experiential, contributions of both listener and composer.

All references of the same author:


Norman, Katharine (1996). Real-World Music as Composed Listening
Norman, Katharine (2000). Stepping Outside for a Moment: Narrative Space in Two Works for Sound Alone
Norman, Katharine (2004). Sounding Art: Eight Literary Excursions through Electronic Music