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Landy, Leigh

La synthèse sonore: enfin l’émancipation?


Actes: 9e Journées d’Informatique Musicale, Marseille. 5-15 (Translated with Laurent Pottier).

This keynote paper is based on an ambiguity. Sound synthesis is, of course, the creation of sound by digital or analog means. It is also sound synthesis in the Hegelian sense, something that follows sound thesis and sound antithesis. In the article, a number of thesis/antithesis oppositions are exemplified. Opportunities that have followed or might still follow them are then investigated whilst acknowledging that first form of sound synthesis wherever relevant. Examples include: the sound versus the note, electronic - concrète, music Technology - Music technology, music - sonic art, music - other arts, pop music - contemporary music, grain - l’objet sonore, and others. How can we put these new forms of sound synthesis (in both senses) to best use? In so doing, are we finally reaching a moment of emancipation of music, of sonic art?

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Thursday 14 July 2005, by Leigh Landy

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