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Copeland, Darren

Vers une conscience d’associations/For An Awareness Of Associations

1998

Tuesday 15 November 2005, by Rob Weale

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In this article, the author discusses the use of environmental sound in acousmatic art. He notes that there is a tendency to exploit such sounds for their latent musical properties and that their ’social baggage’, the metaphors that might lurk within them, often remain unchecked. He notes that when such baggage is opened, there is still a great deal of ambivalence about what is being communicated or not communicated - the composer may have one interpretation whereas the listener may have varying interpretations that agree or disagree with the composer. He argues that without conscientious efforts to approach environmental sounds with some imagination and sensitive social awareness, the language for coping with the everyday sound world will remain crude and ineffectual.

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