Dunn, David

2001

Nature, Sound Art, and the Sacred

In Rothenberg, D. & Ulvaeus, M. (eds.) The Book of Music & Nature. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press: 95-107.

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Soundscape Studies Soundscape Composition Listening Experience Site Specific

Abstract:

In this chapter, the author addresses what he perceives as an impoverishing of the musical listening experience. He argues that most forms of music are now used merely as a means of distraction and that this is contrary to the past role of music in traditional societies as a primary social integrating mechanism. He exemplifies his discussion through examples of his own works, categorised in two sections: environmental performance works, and hybrid soundscape compositions.