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Music, Sound and MultimediaFrom the Live to the Virtual$
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Jamie Sexton

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625338

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625338.001.0001

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Reflections on Sound Art

Reflections on Sound Art

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(p.85) 5. Reflections on Sound Art
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Music, Sound and Multimedia
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Jamie Sexton

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625338.003.0006

This chapter explores the theme of sonic art, in which sound objects are often presented within gallery spaces or as site-specific installations. It explains how digital technologies impact upon sonic art, particularly through interactive networks and the emergence of virtual sound objects. It also reviews the roots of sound art within particular reflections on sound and music. It is noted that the electronic sound is more noticeable late at night, when the traffic becomes less frantic. The growth of digital technologies has often been associated with increasing interactivity. The Internet opens up fresh opportunities for sound art praxis. Sound art's strength rests in its exploration of the aural worlds. Sonic art is often planned so that one may speculate upon the sounds one filter out of the immediate perception, attuning aural sensation, encouraging speculation or perhaps a more active exploration of the sonorous flow that continually surrounds the human.

Keywords:   sound art, sonic art, sound objects, digital technologies, music, electronic sound, Internet, interactivity

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