Cologne and Elektronische Musik

Peter Manning

in Electronic and Computer Music

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195144840
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849802 | DOI:
Cologne and Elektronische Musik

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Elektronische Musik, unlike musique concrète, was pioneered not as the result of the efforts of a single individual, but as the result of a collaborative venture between several interested parties, drawn from both musical and technical backgrounds. The early advocates of elektronische Musik not only restricted themselves to entirely synthetic means of sound production but also were at pains to dissociate their work from the imitative qualities of electronic musical instruments. A continuing interest in phonetic research however, was to exert a major influence on this quest for a “pure” electronic serialism, working entirely from first principles of sound synthesis. In due course, a growing interest in the subtleties of manipulating and synthesizing formants led to the integration of natural voice sounds with electronic sources, thus opening the door to the creative possibilities of manipulating other material of a natural acoustic origin.

Keywords: elektronische Musik; synthetic sopund production; sound synthesis; natural voice sounds

Chapter.  12420 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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