Smalley, Denis

1997

Spectromorphology: Explaining sound-shapes

Organised Sound: Vol. 2, no. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 107-126.

URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/jid_OSO

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Spectromorphology Acousmatic Gesture Causality Texture

Abstract:

The art of music is no longer limited to the sounding models of instruments and voices. Electroacoustic music opens access to all sounds, a bewildering sonic array ranging from the real to the surreal and beyond. For listeners the traditional links with physical sound-making are frequently ruptured: electroacoustic sound-shapes and qualities frequently do not indicate known sources and causes. Gone are the familiar articulations of instruments and vocal utterance: gone is the stability of note and interval: gone too is the reference of beat and metre. Composers also have problems: how to cut an aesthetic path and discover a stability in a wide-open sound world, how to develop appropriate sound-making methods, how to select technologies and software. This article is also available in French (1995b) and Italian (1996).

All references of the same author:

(English)

Smalley, Denis (1982a). Problems of Materials and Structure in Electro-Acoustic Music (part 1)
Smalley, Denis (1982b). Problems of Materials and Structure in Electro-Acoustic Music (part 2)
Smalley, Denis (1986). Spectro-morphology and Structuring Processes
Smalley, Denis (1989). Pentes: A Conversation with Denis Smalley
Smalley, Denis (1991). Spatial Experience in Electro-acoustic Music
Smalley, Denis (1992). The Listening Imagination: Listening in the Electroacoustic Era
SMALLEY, Denis (1992a). Can electroacoustic music be analysed? (La musica elettroacustica pu˛ essere analizzata?)
Smalley, Denis (1993). Defining Transformations
Smalley, Denis (1994). Defining Timbre - Refining Timbre
Smalley, Denis (1995a). The Listening Imagination: Listening in the Electroacoustic Era
Smalley, Denis (1995b). La spectromorphology: une explication des formes du son
Smalley, Denis (1996). La spettromorfologia: una spiegazione delle forme del suono.
Smalley, Denis (1999). ╔tablissement de cadres relationnels pour l'analyse de la musique postschaefferienne
Smalley, Denis (2007). Space-form and the acousmatic image

(Français)

Smalley, Denis (1995b). La spectromorphology : une explication des formes du son
Smalley, Denis (1999). ╔tablissement de cadres relationnels pour l'analyse de la musique postschaefferienne

(Italiano)

SMALLEY, Denis (1992a). La musica elettroacustica pu˛ essere analizzata?