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Circumaurality (Listening around Sound): Representing Spatial and Media Contexts in Sonic Art

Author:
Bakht, Salman
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Media Arts and Technology
Degree Supervisor:
Clarence Barlow
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2011
Issued Date:
2011
Topics:
Music, Fine Arts, and Art Criticism
Keywords:
Soundscape composition
Electroacoustic music composition
Space
Sound installation art
Alvin Lucier
Media
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011
Description:

This dissertation examines sonic art works that demonstrate the characteristic ways that sound is affected by its surroundings. Called "contextual representation" herein, this activity is found in soundscape composition and glitch music, as well as Alvin Lucier's music compositions and the sound installations of Robin Minard, Max Neuhaus, and Bill Fontana. This dissertation introduces the basic concepts and terminology necessary to discuss contextual representation as a single category and examines the boundaries of this category, justifying the placement of various works within or outside the category. Additionally, this dissertation describes the works of contextual representation listed above. This dissertation introduces four compositional aspects common to these works---stasis, nonsense, non action, and juxtaposition---and explains how they are used to demonstrate a context's characteristics. Finally, this dissertation describes and analyzes four of my sonic art works, which provide a practical demonstration of the concepts introduced here.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (104 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3z60kz4
ISBN:
9781267193933
Catalog System Number:
990037518190203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Salman Bakht
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