Dack, John


Abstract and Concrete

Journal of Electroacoustic Music. Vol. 14. London: Sonic Arts Network: 2-7.

Language(s): English


Musique Concrète Abstract Sound Referential Sound Abstract Syntax and Abstracted Syntax Abstrait et Concret (Abstract and Concrete)


In this article, the author discusses two terms that are of particular significance in understanding the work practices and theories of electroacoustic music - ’abstract’ and ’concrete’. He investigates how these terms are used in a variety of contexts, and suggests a conceptual framework that might help in an understanding of the many key ideas in electroacoustic music.

All references of the same author:


Dack, John (1993). A la Recherche de l'Instrument Perdu
Dack, John (1994). Pierre Schaeffer and the Significance of Radiophonic Art
Dack, John (1997). Pedagogy and the Studio
Dack, John (1998a). Strategies in the Analysis of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Kontakte für elektronische Klänge, Klavier, und Schlagzeug
Dack, John (1998b). Systematising the Unsystematic
Dack, John (1999a). Karlheinz Stockhausen's Kontakte and Narrativity
Dack, John (1999b). The Creative Power of the Machine
Dack, John (2000). Ludwig Van Henry - An Interview with Pierre Henry
Dack, John (2001). Diffusion as Performance
Dack, John (2002a). Histories and Ideologies of Synthesis
Dack, John (2003a). Can the Analogue Past Inform the Digital Present?
Dack, John (2003b). Sound, Installations and Music
Dack, John (2003c). Ear-training using the computer and PROGREMU
Dack, John (2004). 'Open' Forms and the Computer