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

Timbral Ambient Work

Use sound as a texture to create a work that fully explores TimbreThe colour or quality of a sound. A combination of all other properties that makes each sound unique. More infotimbre and the inner subtleties of sounds.

Creating Slowly Evolving Textures

Delicate manipulation and subtle automation should allow you to create slow moving and continuous textures.

You might find it useful to explore these ideas:

  • Energy and flow.
  • Make use of panning and reverb to provide you with a three dimensional sonic space.
  • Move sounds left and right, but also forwards and backwards using reverb and volume automation.
  • Experiment with FlangingAn effect that uses very short delays (in ms) to create a cancellation effect when a delayed copy of a sound is added to the original audio streamMore infoflanging, ChorusThe use of multi-layering one or more sounds, often with the use of very small-scale delays. The chorusing effect leads to the impression of a duplication of the original input sound, a chorus consisting of an ensemble of the input sound(s).More infochorus and BeatingThe interaction between two simple tones, resulting in a rhythmic interference interaction between them.More infobeating in order to construct subtle variations in your sounds.
Composition Tip

Try to create smooth and imperceptible transitions and transformations. This will help to keep your listener enfolded in the sounds.

Any jarring transitions might jolt them out of their immersion in your sounds.

You may find it useful to revisit the page on ‘Phase and Complex Soundwave Interaction’ for inspiration.

Time-StretchingA manipulation in which the Duration of a sound is altered. Time stretching can be used to make sounds longer or shorter.More infoTime-stretching can also be a powerful tool in creating very extended and slowly shifting sound textures. Take a small sound and stretch it until it is quite big.

Structuring the Piece

You might find it useful to have a basic overview or structure to aid in the composition of your piece. This might be something very simple, such as moving gradually from noisy to pitched sounds over the course of 4/5 minutes, or in taking inspiration from clouds rolling across a landscape.