Abstract Sound

Musicology of Electroacoustic Music [MEM]  >  Classification of Sound  ]

Antonym of Referential (Sound), Abstract (Sound) has entered usage as a term in English under the influence of the Schaefferian tradition, in particular the notion of Reduced Listening. An Abstract Sound may perceptually privilege some quality or sonic parameter that musicians have focused their attention on in the studio. This could be in terms of the techniques employed in its creation or manipulation and/or the sound’s contribution to the overall musical discourse. The perception of an Abstract Sound as such is therefore frequently determined by its context. A sound could be labelled abstract simply through the inability of the listener to ascribe to it any real or imagined provenance. Many electroacoustic musicians conceive of a continuum between the ’abstract’ and ’referential’ which may function as a micro- or macro- structuring principle, or determine the overall narrativity of the music. The pairing of terms abstract/referential is also referred to as intrinsic/extrinsic (by the composer and theorist Denis Smalley, for example).


See also:

Anecdotal Composition, Diapositive Sonore (Sound Slide), Interiority, Mimesis, Narrative, Phonography, Referential Sound, Schaefferian Theory, Soundscape Composition, Spectromorphology



English - Español - Français - Deutch - Italiano

Alphabetical order - Chronological order

Dack, John (2002b). Abstract and Concrete


more buy finasteride 5mg nexium 40 mg price bupron sr 150 in canada over the counter diflucan nexium cheap premarin for sale more info prilosec otc 20mg buy malegra pro 100 sorafenib 400 modalert 100 http://gval-sec.com/?dft=22310 http://afchine.org/?ba=497738 http://gval-sec.com/?dft=541978 http://afchine.org/?ba=758483 buy malegra 100 over the counter prilosec http://cepa.aero/buy-diflucan-cheap/ 20mg zocor in mayami more info about no rx doxycycline information about buy azithromycin online overnight nexium generic discount http://hautesalpes.org/?xff=44181 metronidazole tab 500 buy cheap super kamagra information esomeprazole mexico more info about azithromycin with no prescription bupropion 350 mg in mexico generic prilosec otc 20mg http://afchine.org/?ba=985422 purchase amisulpride in mayami buy baclofen simvastatin cheap canada in mayami more info buy modalert from india info about order piracetam online australia bupropion xl 300mg tablets about amisulpride usa non generic nexium http://hautesalpes.org/?xff=865560 vardenafil generic getting off enalapril ciprofloxacin 250mg tab ordering diflucan in uk more info about generic brand for zocor info about norvasc cost information $4 bupropion bupropion drug hcl in usa http://hlt-evaluation.org/?ght=327645 lumigan 0.03 information about purchase aldactone no prescription orlistat alli otc zantac http://afchine.org/?ba=219305 bupropion generic cilostazol 50 mg nexium cost http://cepa.aero/premarin-prices-canada/ azithromycin order online