Spectromorphology

Musicology of Electroacoustic Music [MEM]  >  Analysis  >  Aural Analysis  ]

Spectromorphology is an approach to sound materials and musical structures which concentrates on the spectrum of available pitches and their shaping in time.

The concepts and terminology of spectromorphology are tools for describing and analysing listening experience. The two parts of the term refer to the interaction between sound spectra (spectro-) and the ways they change and are shaped through time (-morphology). The spectro- cannot exist without the -morphology and vice versa: something has to be shaped, and a shape must have sonic content. Although spectral content and temporal shaping are indissolubly linked, we need to conceptually to be able to separate them for discursive purposes - we cannot in the same breath describe what is shaped and the shapes themselves.

Each component of the term belongs to other disciplines (visual, linguistic, biological, geological), which is fitting since musical experience radiates across disciplines.

A spectromorphological approach sets out spectral and morphological models and processes, and provides a framework for understanding structural relations and behaviours as experienced in the temporal flux of the music. (Sources - Denis Smalley (1986). Spectro-morphology and Structuring Processes, in Simon Emmerson, ed. The Language of Electroacoustic Music. Basingstoke: Macmillan); Denis Smalley (1997). Spectromorphology: Explaining Sound-shapes. Organised Sound Vol. 2, No. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.)

 

See also:

Aural Analysis, Causality, Discourse within Electroacoustic Music, Gesture, Indicative Fields and Networks, Listening Experience, Modes of Listening, Morphology, Schaefferian Theory, Spectral Analysis, Spectrum, Surrogacy

 

Bibliography:

English - Español - Français - Deutch - Italiano

Alphabetical order - Chronological order

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

 

Subsections

Top

enalapril no prescription buy generic viagra online cheap http://www.solidaritesjeunesses.org/?buy=223448 fluconazole cost doxycycline hyclate modvigil online in france information about buy rizact usa zocor 20mg in uk mexican pharmacy organon sustanon info about 500mg of ciprofloxacin more info about buy bupropion xl 300 mg prednisolone hot flashes ciprofloxacin 1000mg bimatoprost for sale more discount accutane imatinib mesylate generic over-the-counter orlistat orlistat cost information cipla tadacip atomoxetine best price bactrim tablets buy cheapest tadarise acamprol cheap bupropion doxycycline 100 mg capsules in france tadacip buy nexium best price accutane price in india femara tablet 10mg lipitor fluticasone recall in france aldactone 25mg buy cheap topirol forzest 20 mg generic for nexium http://www.solidaritesjeunesses.org/?buy=874089 bactrim 800 160 generic discount generic lipitor 80mg aventis pharma calaptin for sale buy super p force india cutivate cream buy cost of prilosec in mayami http://www.solidaritesjeunesses.org/?buy=204846 cernos 10 gel clomiphene citrate tablet us pharmaceuticals sustanon 350 simvastatin 10 more info about drug nuvigil buy sustanon 300 buy normabrain online in united states buy sustanon 250 visa sildenafil caverta buy aurogra 100 atomoxetine 80 mg