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Gesture transformation through electronics in the music of Kaija Saariaho

James O’Callaghan, Arne Eigenfeldt

James O’Callaghan, Arne Eigenfeldt, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
jdo1@sfu.ca, arne_e@sfu.ca


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This paper will examine two key works by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, Verblendungen and Lichtbogen. It will analyze the pieces from a teleological perspective, focussing on gesture development and interaction between acoustic and electroacoustic elements. It will propose a new methodology appropriate to spectrally-focussed mixed music which will provide the means to map parametric change over time. The methodology will also provide basic models of interaction between the disparate electronic and instrumental parts which comprise mixed music.

EMS10 Proceedings