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Dhomont, F. (1995). Acousmatic update. Contact! 8(2). Retrieved February 5, 2014, from http://cec.sonus.ca/contact/contact82Dhom.html 
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Resource type: Web Article
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BibTeX citation key: Dhomont1995
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Keywords: Acousmatic sound
Creators: Dhomont
Collection: Contact!
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Abstract
This paper is an introduction to acousmatic art. The author briefly presents some historical information. Then he defines this music by its main characteristics: the role of space and of spatialisation, the sound image or the invisible performance. But he also responds to some objections: concerning concerts without visual performance and musicians, unchangeable concerts, the importance of the medium and of recordings.
  
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Contains an explanation of what acousmatic is in the electro-acoustic sense.

Simultaneous (original?) French translation on the web site.


  
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   Acousmatic "refers to a theoretical and practical compositional approach, to particular listening and realization conditions, and to sound projection strategies. Its origin is attributed to Pythagoras (6th C. BC) who, rumor has it, taught his classes -only verbally - from behind a partition, in order to force his students to focus all their attention on his message. In 1955, during the early stages of musique concrète, the writer Jérôme Peignot used the adjective acousmatic to define a sound which is heard and whose source is hidden. By shrouding 'behind' the speaker (a modern Pythagorean partition) any visual elements (such as instrumental performers on stage) that could be linked to perceived sound events, acousmatic art presents sound on its own, devoid of causal identity, thereby generating a flow of images in the psyche of the listener."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Acousmatic sound
   "François Bayle introduce the term acousmatic music in 1974. This term designates a music of images that is "shot and developed in the studio, and projected in a hall, like a film", and is presented at a subsequent date. Bayle has stated that, "With time, this term - both criticized and adopted, and which at first may strike one as severe - has softened through repeated use within the community of composers, and now serves to demarcate music on a fixed medium (musique de support) - representing a wide aesthetic spectrum - from all other contemporary music.""

Bayle, F., 1993, Musique acousmatique, propositions... positions, Buchet/Chastel-INA-GRM ed., Paris, p.18

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Keywords:   Acousmatic sound
   "Today, the act of hearing a sound without seeing the object from which it originates is a daily occurrence. This happens when we listen to an orchestral symphony on our home sound system, when we listen to the radio, or when we communicate by phone, etc. In fact, like the typing chimpanzee who accidentally pens a Shakespearean line, we are unsuspecting acousmatic artists. But in these examples, it is not the message that is acousmatic but rather the listening conditions for the communication of that message."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Acousmatic sound
   "The term Acousmatic Music (or Art) designates works that have been composed for loudspeakers, to be heard in the home -on radio or on CD/tape- or in concert, through the use of equipment (digital or analog) that allows the projection of sound in 3-dimensional space."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Acousmatic sound
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