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Compositional techniques in acoustic and electroacoustic music

Ortiz, Gabriela (1999). Compositional techniques in acoustic and electroacoustic music. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


Part I of this thesis examines three works by the author for electroacoustic sounds with or without a live instrument as well as three acoustic works, all composed between 1991-1997. The general purpose of this writing is to provide the reader with a complete framework underlining the different compositional strategies, aesthetic concerns and technical issues employed in the creation of the works discussed. However the main subject of this thesis is not the text itself, but the six compositions presented.

In the Introduction to this dissertation I present some ideas and reflections on the context of the most recent developments of new Latin American composers born in the 1950s and in the 1960s.The reason for such a choice is because I believe that those composers, although they have been writing music in different countries and live markedly different lives, share a community of musical approaches that can only be explained by their common national culture. As a social phenomenon, music reflects not only its time, but its place. My work as well as some of the works of these Latin American composers could be explained under the same common guidelines, so the question is: what is it in this continent that sets our music apart? I hope that this Introduction could begin to explain such questions, and serve to provide a wider cultural context for my aesthetic and musical background, within which the works submitted may be more adequately assessed.

Chapters 1 to 6 present the various compositional strategies specifically developed for the creation of each of the works. In these chapters the creative process is presented from the first, often abstract or extramusical ideas that have launched my imagination towards the creation of the music, to the most technical issues taken on during the compositional cause. I hope that this complete framework will provide useful information for a deeper analytical approach to the pieces presented, in terms of the composer's main goals and the results obtained.

In Chapter 7 my intention is to explain what I have learned so far, hopefully trying to define the new medium, in this case the world of electroacoustic music plus some other new aesthetic and technical concerns in relation to how it affects me as an individual composer.

Part II consists of a score and a recording of each of the works discussed in Part I.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
M Music and Books on Music
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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