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Convolution

a process by which two sounds are added together over time.

Controller

A tool that allows a physical control of a certain parameter. These might take the form of a series of faders, potentiometers or a keyboard interface.

Contextual listening

Listening for the purpose of identifying and gaining information about a sound’s source. It is the opposite of Musical Listening. (also known as causal listening). Contextual Listening This is a liste...

Contact Microphone

A simple recording technology that allows sound vibration travelling through solid objects to be detected and recorded. Contact microhpones are made from piezoelectric crystals, which induce an electr...

Computer Music

This term covers a broad range of music created through the use of one or more computers. The computer may work as (assistant) composer, as in Algorithmic music. Alternatively the computer can be used...

Composite Gesture

A composite gesture consists of a number of gestures combined into one. In this case an accumulation of gestures together form a single gesture. It is is made up of a number of sub-gestures, but exist...

Collage

An artwork in which small fragments are cut and pasted together to make a larger final work. In sound-based music this may concern extremely brief elements of sound material up to musical fragments.

Close Your Eyes

This is a simple technique used by some people to help with their listening. How does it work? By closing your eyes you block out any visual distractions. Because you don’t see anything, your brain is...

Chorus

The 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 consist...