Michael Gatt: Sound Installation & Acousmatic Compositions
Name: Michael Gatt
Where do you live / work: Derby/Leicester
What makes these manipulations your favourite?
They make it easier to remove any identical characteristics of a sound where necessary, or focus on particular aspect of it.
1. How would you describe the type of music that you make?
My musical work is split into two types: site-specific installations and acousmatic compositions. The site-specific installations focus on using specific places as a fundamental part of the work, whilst the acousmatic compositions usually only use one sound source as centre point for the entire piece.
2. If you had to use the genre categories to describe your music, which would it be?
3. What types of sounds do you like to use when you compose?
Normally dissonant sounds, but this depends on the type of music I am composing. If I am creating a site-specific installation I might use site-specific sounds, which are chosen because of their relation to the place and not for their sonic characteristics.
4. What makes these sounds your favourite?
I enjoy using dissonant sounds, as they do not prescribe a particular scale in the mind of the listener. My focus is on the texture and gesture of particular sounds.
5. How do you go about starting or coming up with an idea for a composition? Do you personally use a similar approach each time? Or is it always different?
For site-specific installations I normally start with the place in question and form an idea based on its history and/or its acoustics. The acousmatic music I compose either starts from a particular sound or a narrative (which does not focus on a particular sound).
6. Which composers /musicians are an inspiration to you?
François Bayle, Denis Smalley, Max Neuhaus and György Ligeti.
7. What is it about this music that engages you so much?
The use of real-world sounds.