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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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Case Study: Film Sound, Acoustic Ecology and Performance in Electroacoustic Music

Case Study: Film Sound, Acoustic Ecology and Performance in Electroacoustic Music

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(p.121) 7. Case Study: Film Sound, Acoustic Ecology and Performance in Electroacoustic Music
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Music, Sound and Multimedia
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Randolph Jordan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625338.003.0008

This chapter investigates a very different theme in live performance: the presentation of ‘acousmatic’ music, where sounds are produced to be listened to intently and ‘in their own right’, without any visual associations. The use of electroacoustical transmission is a crucial aspect of Pierre Schaeffer's concept of acousmatic music. The main difference between Schaeffer's original sense of acousmatic music and Michel Chion's adoption of the term ‘acousmatic’ for the cinema is that the main purpose of presenting sound acousmatically is to deflect attention from source while keeping the sound itself the object of intense scrutiny. R. Murray Schafer's concept of ‘schizophonia’ is also addressed. Chion is placed in the middle ground between Schaeffer's acousmatic ideal and the absolute banishment of electroacoustic technologies espoused by Schafer. The Xenakis portion of Hildegard Westerkamp's piece becomes the link point where abstraction and representation merge.

Keywords:   live performance, acousmatic music, sounds, electroacoustical transmission, Pierre Schaeffer, Michel Chion, R. Murray Schafer, schizophonia, Hildegard Westerkamp

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