Truax, Barry


Acoustic Communication - Second Edition

London: Ablex.

Language(s): English


Acoustic Communication Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music


In this comprehensive book, the author presents his vision of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sound and society - ‘acoustic communication’. This approach seeks to understand the complex and continually shifting relationships between sound and society, it investigates sound phenomena from a human perspective attempting to understand the interlocking behaviour of sound, the listener, and the environment as a system of relationships, not as isolated entities. The book includes a discography of electroacoustic works that are mentioned in chapter 13, and a CD ROM that contains the author’s Handbook for Acoustic Ecology.

Table of contents:

Part I: Sound, Listening, and Soundscape
1. Acoustic Tradition and the Communicational Approach: Energy Transfer and Information Processing
2. The Listener
3. Voice and Soundmaking
4. Systems of Acoustic Communications: Speech, Music, and Soundscape
5. The Acoustic Community
6. Noise and the Urban Soundscape
7. Acoustic Design
Part II: Electroacoustics - The Impact of Technology on Acoustic Communication
8. Electroacoustic Communication: Breaking Constraints
9. Electrification: The New Soundscape
10. The Listener as Consumer
11. The Electroacoustic Media: Audio Mediation
12. The Acoustic Community as Market
13. Regaining Control: Electroacoustic Alternatives
14. Electroacoustic Design

All references of the same author:


Truax, Barry (1976). A Communicational Approach to Computer Sound Programs
Truax, Barry (1977). The Soundscape and Technology
Truax, Barry (1980a). The Inverse Relation Between Generality and Strength in Computer Music Programs
Truax, Barry (1980b). Timbral Construction as a Stochastic Process
Truax, Barry (1982). Timbral Construction in Arras as a Stochastic Process
Truax, Barry (1985). The PODX System: Interactive Compositional Software for the DMX-1000
Truax, Barry (1986). Computer Music Language Design and the Composing Process
Truax, Barry (1990). Composing with Real-time Granular Sound
Truax, Barry (1991). Capturing Musical Knowledge in Software Systems
Truax, Barry (1992a). Electroacoustic Music and the Soundscape: The Inner and Outer World
Truax, Barry (1992b). Musical Creativity and Complexity at the Threshold of the 21st Century
Truax, Barry (1992c). Composing with Time-Shifted Environmental Sound
Truax, Barry (1994). The Inner and Outer Complexity of Music
Truax, Barry (1995a). The Composition of Environmental Sound at Simon Fraser University
Truax, Barry (1995b). La composition basée sur le timbre avec son granulaire
Truax, Barry (1996a). Electroacoustic Symbolism in Powers of Two: The Artist
Truax, Barry (1996b). Soundscape, Acoustic Communication and Environmental Sound Composition
Truax, Barry (1996c). Sounds and Sources in Powers of Two: Towards a contemporary myth
Truax, Barry (1996d). Sounds and Sources in Powers of Two Towards a Contemporary Myth
Truax, Barry (1996e). Computer Controlled Diffusion
Truax, Barry (1996f). Computer Music as Commercial or Public Culture: A Personal View
Truax, Barry (1998a). Composition and Diffusion: Space in Sound in Space
Truax, Barry (1998b). Letter to a 25 year-old electroacoustic composer
Truax, Barry (1999a). Handbook for Acoustic Ecology
Truax, Barry (1999b). Letter to a Twenty-Five Year Old Electroacoustic Composer
Truax, Barry (1999c). Sonology: A Questionable Science Revisited
Truax, Barry (2000a). The Aesthetics of Computer Music: A questionable concept reconsidered
Truax, Barry (2001a). Acoustic Communication Studies at Simon Fraser University
Truax, Barry (2001c). Time and Electroacoustic Music
Truax, Barry (2002a). Electroacoustic Music and the Digital Future
Truax, Barry (2002b). Genres and Techniques of Soundscape Composition as Developed at Simon Fraser University
Truax, Barry (2003). Homoeroticism and Electroacoustic Music: Absence and Personal Voice


Truax, Barry (1995b). La composition basée sur le timbre avec son granulaire
Truax, Barry (1996d). Sons et sources dans Powers of Two : vers un mythe contemporain
Truax, Barry (1996e). Diffusion assistée par ordinateur