Dunn, David


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


Soundscape Studies Soundscape Composition Listening Experience Site Specific


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.