Chance and randomness can be a really good way to find new sounds and generate new ideas. But some composers decided to go even further and hand over most of the compositional decisions to chance.
Explore the different styles of sound based music, from the abstract to the recognisable, and introduce yourself to compositional approaches for organising sound.
Electronic Music is made from electronic signals which are converted into sound by loudspeakers.
The art of sound recording, outside of the studio.
Soundscape music is made of recorded sounds from the world around us. Composers combine and manipulate different recordings of the world to create new ‘sonic environments’.
People normally divide sounds into noise (unwanted sound) and music. But, noise music takes these rejected sounds and makes deliberate use of them.
The name Plunderphonics is made up of two individual words,
- ‘Plunder’: to take or steal (think pirates), and
- ‘phonics’: a word that indicates sounds or sounding objects.
Therefore, the name means to compose works with stolen sounds. John Oswald, the man who invented the name, also called it ‘Audio Piracy’.
Works that include sounds which are deliberately meant to be recognised as, or linked with, a specific sound creating object.
Sound art is a general category that includes many different types of work. It is mainly used to describe sound based works that are designed for art galleries, museums or public places.
Musique Concrète uses real world sounds, focusing on the musical parameters of sound rather than the sound source itself.
Ambient Music is a very calm, atmospheric type of music that often contains no perceptible beat.
It arose at the time of the New Wave movement that was influenced by meditation practices from India.
It makes use of sound textures to create an environment of sound often involving a subtle mood, and can be found in so-called ‘chill-out rooms’ in some clubs.
It should be able to be enjoyed if you want to listen, or ignored if you do not.