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Lopez, Francisco

Schizophonia vs. l’object sonore: soundscapes and artistic freedom


Sunday 4 September 2005, by Pierre Couprie

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The soundscape concept has been developing to study real-world sound environments. R. Murray Schafer investigates real-world sound environments in society sociologically and philosophically. Schafer created the concept of schizophonia to define the separation between the sound and its sources. Several composers, such as Darren Copland or Barry Truax, defend an opposite practice and refuse this abstract concept of composition to assume the soundscape in its entirety. The author of this paper suggests that cause-object relationships cannot be musical. He is convinced that the more this relationship is kept, the less musical the work will be.

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