1st Edition

Sounding Emerging Media

By Claire Fitch Copyright 2022
    172 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    172 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Sounding Emerging Media details a practice-based approach to sonic art and electroacoustic composition, drawing on methodologies inspired by the production of electronic literature, and game development.

    Using the structural concepts identified by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, the book is based around ideas related to labels such as Assemblage, Strata, Smooth and Striated Space, Temporal Space and, The Fold. The processes employed to undertake this research involved the creation of original texts, the development of frameworks for improvisation, the use of recordings within the process and implementation of techniques drawn from the practices of electroacoustic composition, and the use of ideas borrowed from electronic literature, publishing and game development. The results have helped to shape a compositional style which draws on these processes individually or collectively, drawing on practice often seen in game development, visual scores and composition using techniques found in electroacoustic music.

    Providing a journey through the landscape of emerging digital media, Sounding Emerging Media envisages a world where the composer/user/listener all become part of a continuum of collective artistry. This book is the ideal guide to the history and creation of audio for innovative digital media formats and represents crucial reading for both students and practitioners, from aspiring composers to experienced professionals.





    1 Electroacoustic Composition

    2 Electronic Literature

    3 Audio-Visual Media

    4 Transmedia Texts

    5 Sounding Emerging Media





    Claire Fitch is a sound artist, an electroacoustic composer, a creator of electronic literature and transmedia, cellist and lecturer. Claire completed her PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, Sonic Arts Centre in 2019 with Professor Michael Alcorn. Between 1995 and 2012 she was a cellist in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 Claire began teaching digital audio, joining the staff of Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2015, where she is now Programme Director, MA/MSc in Music Technology. Her artistic practice is motivated by the investigation of the convergence of digital technology, audio, visuals, and text. Producing original works inspired by and responding to the voices of women is a particular focus.

    "Starting with the question, ‘What might Emerging Media become?’, Claire Fitch explores the possibilities of sound creation through the triple lens of electroacoustic composition, electronic literature, and games. With a strong creative practice in music performance and underpinning in DeleuzoGuattarian concepts, she provides case studies and a tool box for others to consider and utilize their own creative output. This is an important book about practice-based research processes that relate to any artistic field."

    Dene Grigar, Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor, Washington State University, Vancouver