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1st Edition

Making Music with Sounds

ISBN 9780415898461
Published May 24, 2012 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Making Music with Sounds offers a creative introduction to the art of making sound-based music. It introduces the elements of making compositions with sounds and facilitates creativity in school age children, with the activities primarily for 11-14 year old students.  It can also be used by people of all ages becoming acquainted with this music for the first time.

Sound-based music is defined as the art form in which the sound, rather than the musical note, is the basic unit and is closely related to electronic music and the sonic arts. The art of sound organisation can be found in a number of forms of music--in film, television, theatre, dance, and new media. Despite this, there are few materials available currently for young people to discover how to make sound-based music. This book offers a programme of development starting from aural awareness, through the discovery and organisation of potential sounds, to the means of generating and manipulating sounds to create sequences and entire works. The book’s holistic pedagogical approach to composition also involves aspects related to musical understanding and appreciation, reinforced by the author’s online pedagogical ElectroAcoustic Resource Site (EARS II).

Table of Contents

Part 1. Crossing the Threshold 1. A delineation of the two key areas: Sound-based music/Making music with technology 2. An overview of selected genres and categories related to sound-based music Part 2. Discovering Music All Around Us 3. Discovering soundscapes 4. Investigating soundscapes 5. Composing soundscapes Part 3. The Sounds of Sound-Based Music 6. Finding real-world sounds 7. Synthetic sounds 8. Sculpting with sounds Part 4. Organising Sounds/1: Combining Sounds and Creating Sonic Gestures 8. Placing sounds in sequences 9. Creating, analysing and evaluating sonic gestures Part 5. Organising Sounds/2: Composing with Sounds 10. Placing sound sequences into structures (or sequencing sequences) 11. Analysing and evaluating composed work Part 6. Next Steps

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Leigh Landy is Director of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, UK. He is an active composer, editor of the journal Organised Sound, and co-founder of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network.