EARS 2

Discover the exciting world of electroacoustic music and learn to make music with sounds.

3. Advanced

Confirm your understanding of sound based music through exploring advanced ideas in sound manipulation and composition.

Nocturne

Listen to and explore the sounds in this piece: Nocturne

Never

Listen to and explore the sounds in this piece: Never

Microsound

A MicrosoundA microsound is a sound that is too short to be heard on its own. When heard together, microsounds can create fascinating and sometimes very dense sound complexes. Microsounds can be generated electronically or use samples as their base material.More infomicrosound is a sound that is too short to be heard on its own. It can last up to ca. 1/10 of a second. Microsounds, when heard together, can create fascinating and sometimes very dense sound complexes. Microsounds can be generated electronically or use samples as their base material.

Energy and Flow

Energy is behind every sound, it is the cause of soundwave vibrations and all sounds must follow the natural laws of energy.

Being aware of energy patterns and flow can help us to create gestures and sounds which listeners find natural and realistic.

Modulation

When sounds are added together, they can create new textures. However, we can also use one sound to control the properties of another, creating patterns or rhythms.

Additive (+) and Subtractive (-) Synthesis

Sounds can be added together or subtracted from one another. Learn how new sounds can be made in this way.

Phase & Complex Soundwave Interaction

Soundwaves can add together and subtract from one another (cancelling each other out). This property of sounds can be unwanted but can also be used creatively.

Plunderphonics

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’.

Anecdotal Music

Works that include sounds which are deliberately meant to be recognised as, or linked with, a specific sound creating object.

Sound Art

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.

Density

The spatial property of being crowded together.

Less is More

If composers feel that their piece is not quite right, they often rush in to add more and more sounds.

But is that sensible? What if the piece requires greater space and fewer sounds.

Sometimes taking sounds away can be a better compositional choice. Leaving behind only the very best ideas.

Cinema for the Ears

Combine individual field recordings to create an imagined soundscape that tells a story.

Source / Abstraction

Some sounds we can recognise, others we can’t. What does this mean for music that is made with sounds?

(Dis)order

Messy vs. tidy sounds!

Ambient Music

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.

Minimalism

Doing a lot with very little.

Theatre of Sounds

People often say, a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes, a sound can be worth a thousand pictures.