The Spatialisation of Stereophony: Taking Positions in Post-War Electroacoustic Music

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While a growing number of musicological studies attest to the aesthetic importance of spatialisation in electroacoustic music, few have questioned the notion that its aesthetic significance should be reducible to its role in sonic structure. Tracing a path across the tightly knit network of commercial, institutional, technical, and musical players involved in the early development of spatialisation techniques, this paper undermines the presumption of formal autonomy by sketching a history of some of the social and discursive strategies that composers have deployed to distinguish the concept of spatialisation from preexisting and parallel concepts of multichannel stereophony. The paper closes with some reflections on the role of spatialisation in the development of electroacoustic music as a genre.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2011
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780984527403
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event37th International Computer Music Conference - Centre for Research in New Music, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Jul 20115 Aug 2011
Conference number: 37 (Link to Conference Website & Information)

Publication series

NameInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC Proceedings
PublisherUniversity of Michigan
ISSN (Print)2223-3881


Conference37th International Computer Music Conference
Abbreviated titleICMC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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