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Aesthetics of Multimedia and Visual Concepts in Electroacoustic Music

Stephen McCourt

Stephen McCourt, Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland)


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This paper proposes that concepts derived from multimedia and the visual domain can be applied to a compositional approach to electroacoustic music. In particular compositing, spatial montage and space-medium as defined by Lev Manovich can be applied to form. And, vectors as defined by Herbert Zettl can be applied to create various relationships between sounds. This approach to composition is further supported by shared perceptual phenomena between sound and image such as figure-ground organization. This paper also discusses comparisons between sound and visual objects including the idea of sound edges.

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