Ramsay, B (2014) Exploring compositional relationships between acousmatic music and electronica. PhD thesis, De Montfort University.

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This research explores the compositional relationships between acousmatic music and electronica in order to offer a way of unifying the two musical forms. The original contribution to knowledge comes from the creation of a portfolio of compositions that extend the two idioms towards one another, resulting in a series of works that are presented as a journey between and a fusion of electronica and acousmatic music. The dissertation offers a collection of associated theories that underpin the creation of the portfolio. In turn this dissertation addresses three areas that relate to compositional materials, the use of space, with consideration for both compositional and performance space, and a selection of associated cultural considerations that relate to the musics in question. The literature that relates to these three aspects is introduced and discussed with relation to the portfolio. The method behind the composition of the portfolio was not intended to present a collection of fusion works from the outset, but rather to begin composing a selection of purely acousmatic works in order to gain practical compositional understanding of the music. The process was then to grow the portfolio towards the electronica realm, and in parallel map this journey in the dissertation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)

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Keywords: Electronica, music, electroacoustic, acousmatic, composition, IDM, techno
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2015 16:49
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 14:06
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