Discover the exciting world of sound based music. Learn how recording technology revolutionised music and allowed composers to explore all sounds, not just those made by musical instruments. Find out about how sounds work, and what gives them their own unique characteristics. And explore the different ways in which composers select and use sounds to make a wide range of sound based music styles.
Working with Sound Directly Working with sounds directly gives the composer much more control, and allows them to mould exactly how their piece will sound at the end. Unlike for Soundscape composition, composers of Musique Concrète are not interested in focusing on where sounds come from, but what they can turn them into. When creating works of Musique Concrète, composers tend to make many more transformations and use these to create many new sounds. Composition Tip Common manipulations used in Musique Concrète are: Splice Reverse Transposition Time-stretching Loop