This paper proposes a new method to look over different genres of music. It focuses on aural characteristics and effects of primal musical elements, thus enabling the comparison of various typologies of composition (e.g. traditional instrumental piece, electroacoustic composed work or improvised electronic session). In this way, nine musical attributes are identified within the selection of pieces. These attributes relate to specific uses of sound material and reveal correspondences among distant compositions.

In the future, it is planned to apply this method toward a more comprehensive list of pieces and I intend to extend the investigation using these nine indicators within listening sessions with questionnaires and interviews to expand the designation of this cross-genres perspective toward perceptual aspects. Thereby, a better understanding of specific fields of music would be developed, facilitating artistic convergences and the creation of a didactic and academic platform for the study of diverse musical contexts.

adrian 2015-06-03