Perception and musical preferences in Wishart's work

E Brattico, F Sassanelli

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Abstract

This paper has its origin from the analysis of the works of Trevor Wishart, one of the most representative composers of the English electroacoustic tradition, who has been orienting his research to study the possibilities of electroacoustics applied to human voice.

Quoting Schaeffer, ill his book On Sonic Art (1996), Wishart defines electro-acoustic music as acousmatic, since sound sources are ignored. Acousmatic music could be uninteresting for a listener who is not able to recognize sounds and to give a meaning to them. Restricting his discussion to concrete sound materials, and above ail to human language differently manipulated,Wishart gives his personal interpretation of the problem. His solution and how it is coherent with the last theories and findings of cognitive sciences are here examined.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of New Music Research
Volume29
Issue2
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
ISSN0929-8215
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000

Keywords

  • AUDITORY STREAM SEGREGATION
  • SPEECH-PERCEPTION
  • SIMILARITY
  • TIMBRE
  • PITCH

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