Spatializing Music at the Academy

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This paper outlines the technical, historical and aesthetic approaches to the electronic and electroacoustic production of spatial music currently utilized in teaching and learning at WAAPA Composition and Music Technology, Edith Cowan University. A distinction is drawn between 5.1 and other surround sound industry standards for DVD Video production and the compositional concept of spatial music as it has developed in electronic music over the 20th century. The entertainment industry notion of surround sound is generally targeted toward multichannel soundtrack production for cinema and home entertainment audio visual systems, along with a growing market for the multichannel music and gaming DVD. Spatialized music composition on the other hand has developed from acoustic and multichannel electroacoustic performance as well as sound art installation. The modern composer must creatively negotiate the aesthetic and practical differences between these entertainment industry and new music approaches in an increasingly multichannel world. With this creative innovation in mind, several multichannel models will be examined that extend the notion of the stereo field of perception as it applies to contemporary music practice.
PeriodNov 2011
Event titleCreateworld 2011
Event typeConference
LocationBrisbane, Australia, QueenslandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational