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A Personal and Fragile Affair: The Sonic Environment and Its Place In My Compositions

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posted on 2021-11-10, 18:45 authored by Voyce, Thomas

To begin with, I will briefly outline my compositional process. This will help to provide an understanding of my motivations. I will then pose some questions relating to the practice of field recording and the use of these materials in electroacoustic composition. Through a discussion of early electronic music, musique concrete, soundscape composition and the ideologies of composers associated with these movements, I will reveal the tensions surrounding the use of referential material in acousmatic music. Finally, I will show how I have attempted to address these tensions in my own work.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Sonic Arts

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Music

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Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

New Zealand School of Music


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