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This visual and tactile analogy has frequently been used in describing music.

In its most general musical sense, the term is frequently used in a highly inconsistent fashion. It is variously used to describe vocal and instrumental resources employed, synonymous with timbre and sonority, vertical density and construction of voices and parts, interval spacing within chords, and the nature of monophonic, homophonic, heterophonic, polyphonic and contrapuntal musical constructions.

In electroacoustic music, texture is a highly useful term in describing the character of sounds and various structural levels of sequences of sounds in terms of their overall behaviour and internal details and patternings.

Denis Smalley uses the term, in a pairing in conjunction with Gesture, as a structuring principle of electroacoustic music that is fundamental to his spectromorphological theory.


See also:

Gesture, Spectromorphology



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Battey, Bret (2004). Musical Pattern Generation with Variable-coupled Iterated Map Networks
D’Escrivan, Julio (1989). Reflections on the Poetics of Time in Electoacoustic Music
Hoopen, Christiane ten (1997). Perceptions of Sound: Source, cause and human presence in electroacoustic music
Hufschmitt, Aline (2001). Continuité ou discontinuité ? Un exemple de perception changeante de la fin de {Sud}
Kahn, Frédéric (2002). Une introduction à l’écoute de Subjestuel de Gilles Racot
Menezes, Flo (1997). To Be and Not To Be: Aspects of the Interaction Between Instrumental and Electronic Compositional Methods
Minjard, Jean-François (1994). La transparence, matériau et écriture, dans l’œuvre de François Bayle
Mountain, Rosemary (2004a). Theories Market: Open for Trading
Risset, Jean-Claude (2003). Computer Music: Why?
Sanson, Yoann (2005). {Le trésor}
Smalley, Denis (1986). Spectro-morphology and Structuring Processes
Smalley, Denis (1994). Defining Timbre - Refining Timbre
Smalley, Denis (1995b). La spectromorphology: une explication des formes du son
Smalley, Denis (1996). La spettromorfologia: una spiegazione delle forme del suono.
Smalley, Denis (1997). Spectromorphology: Explaining sound-shapes