Sound-Based Music 4 All

Leigh Landy

in The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199792030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Sound-Based Music 4 All


This article presents sound-based music, that is, music in which sounds, not notes, form the basic unit. The separation of art music and popular music is clearly becoming less relevant as the distinction becomes less audible in a great number of sound-based works and the means of production converge, opening up this type of music to a much larger community than the one it has known in the past. This article first focuses on contemporary art music. Its author believes the wider repertoire, that is, that including vocal and instrumental contemporary music, is important to discuss here as what is commonly known as electroacoustic music and computer music both inherited great challenges from contemporary music's demise. This article then focuses on digital music-making, followed more specifically by sound-based music.

Keywords: sound-based music; art music; popular music; contemporary art music; electroacoustic music

Article.  8828 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Applied Music

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