Portfolio of original compositions: written commentary

Salazar, Diana (2010) Portfolio of original compositions: written commentary. (PhD thesis), University of Manchester.

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Abstract

This thesis confronts and analyses the relationship between internal (compositional) spatial thinking and aspects of external (performance) space, with the intention of revealing new musical possibilities. Eight original electroacoustic compositions are presented in the portfolio. These are Anima Machina, Bosonica, Cipher, Papyrus, Pavakoothu, Spindlesong, Topographia and The Spindlesongs Installation. The works exhibit a variety of spatial characteristics, not only through the spatial implications of the sound material used, but also in their presentation formats. The portfolio comprises four stereo works, one 5.1 work, two 8-channel works and a work for solo instrument (clarinet) and electronics. All but one of the compositions are acousmatic, and the mixed work is greatly informed by the acousmatic tradition. The main concern spanning the portfolio is the creation of spatial aspects on a number of levels, from source material through processing, layering and spatialisation to dissemination in performance. The commentary presents supplementary information on each work, with a view to providing the reader with an insight into the evolution of my compositional vocabulary. Those aspects considered spatially most significant are highlighted, with reference to the current musicological terminology of space-form (Smalley 2007) and other contextual writings in the field. The research findings are assembled according to the nature of spatial presentation: stereo, multichannel, installation, and instrumental performance.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted to the University of Manchester for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities. This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Dewar Arts.
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Uncontrolled Keywords: electroacoustic music, spatial music, acousmatic music, analysis of musical space
Research Area: Music
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Performance and Screen Studies
Depositing User: Diana Salazar
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2010 09:39
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 13:26
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/15840

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