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Title: Acoulogy as a framework for environmental sound
Other Titles: "Yin xiang zhuang tai xue" : jian gou huan jing sheng yin yan jiu de kuang jia
"音響狀態學" : 建構環境聲音研究的框架
Authors: Maridet, Cedric Marie Yves
Department: School of Creative Media
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: City University of Hong Kong
Subjects: Sound.
Music -- Acoustics and physics.
Notes: CityU Call Number: ML3805 .M37 2009
1 v. (unpaged) 30 cm.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2009.
Includes bibliographical references.
Type: thesis
Abstract: Electronic technologies enable the composer to select, repeat, fragment and otherwise manipulate and study sound. These possibilities have been a strong impetus in the development of innovative theories of sound alongside radical compositional practices using recorded environmental sounds. However, a holistic model that clarifies and maps the stakes of the various practices is lacking. Thus, I propose to elucidate the concept of listening intentions and to place it at the core of sonic art theory. In that sense, a model of acoulogy, as the study of listening, is a valuable framework to explain the heterogeneity of listening modes and the connections between composing and listening. This justifies a phenomenological approach, which focuses on a first-person description of the different ways to experience sounds. Several domains are thus identified concerning the potentials for abstraction contained in recorded sounds, like the relationship of the sound to its source, the paradigms of contextualized versus decontextualized sounds, found versus processed sound, and the relationship to reality. These concepts provide the basic vocabulary to describe and analyze different forms of sonic art.
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