Towards the water’s edge.

Davismoon, Stephen (2006) Towards the water’s edge. [Composition]

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This is an electroacoustic sound-installation work over 16 channels which forms a pyramid-like structure to surround the audience.

There are many examples in the electroacoustic repertoire that take natural elements as the focal point for a work, but that is from where this work emerges and in some senses augments:

• the work’s complex spatialisation structure (realised through detailed Protools automation programming), confirms the importance of aural location for the effective appreciation of sonic dramaturgy, particularly when it unfolds over 3 trajectoral planes.

• through the presentation of literally thousands of separate samples of un-treated (no DSP) water sounds, a demonstration is made of the compositional richness for ‘naturally’ occurring sonic events, and that analytical, microscopic editing, can allow for their effective ‘musicalisation.’

• there is the blending of post-structural, post-serial and probabilistic compositional techniques applied to sonic events from the micro right through to the macro level (i.e. sample type, trajectory type, spatial ambit, the evolving and blending of structural sections etc.), this was achieved by way of a variety of programming routines including programming platforms such as Open Music and MAX/MSP.

Item Type: Composition
Additional Information: Realised in Studio B at Centro Tempo Reale. It was installed and presented for the first time by Centro Tempo Reale and RAI in the season ‘ARIA – ACQUA – TERRA - FUOCO’ (Florence, Italy) (July 2006) (dur. c20’), at which Davismoon also gave a public presentation on the work. There is a multi-media DVD prepared by Centro Tempo Reale featuring many of the works featured at the ‘ARIA – ACQUA – TERRA - FUOCO’ season, released in December 2006. Its realisation received support (by way of a Research Grant) from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and (in-kind) from the studios of Centro Tempo Reale.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stephen Davismoon; Electroaccoustic; Creative Scotland Awards;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 786 Keyboard & other instruments
700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 781 General principles & musical forms
Library of Congress Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Item ID: 2342
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2008 11:51
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2009 15:39

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