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Recent Spatialisation Trends in Electroacoustic Music

Felipe Otondo

University of York, UK


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This work describes a survey of approaches towards the use of spatial design in electroacoustic music done in 2006, focusing on the type of spatial systems used by a sample of composers and the way they conceive the use of space in their music. The results were compared with information gathered from seventeen articles by composers written on the topic in 1997 and showed that composers in recent years are using more types of spatialisation systems than a decade ago. Compared results show an increase in the use of surround 5.1 as well as 4 and 8-channel systems as well as a decrease in the use of stereo. The compared results also show that, in recent years composers seem to be less concerned with the performance and technical aspects of spatialisation. Further studies could investigate the way in which new spatialisation tools have shaped the aesthetical character of the music composed in recent years.