Textuality

Musicology of Electroacoustic Music [MEM]  >  Discourse within Electroacoustic Music  ]

A concept associated with post-structuralist theory, it is now a widespread idea that cultural artefacts other than the printed word on the page can be conceived of as texts. Texts display textuality and exist in relationships to each other – intertextuality. As in literature, so in music can one distinguish between the text and the work. Texts engage their reader in some active performative or interpretative process. Indeed, a text as such can only exist as a result of its reader’s act of interpretation. Although increasingly commonplace in other branches of contemporary music scholarship, textual approaches to electroacoustic music remain in their infancy.

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