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Wishart, Trevor

Sound Symbols and Landscapes

1986a

Thursday 17 November 2005, by Rob Weale

In this essay, the author defines and discusses the aural landscape of electroacoustic music. He discusses how a composer can establish networks of relationships that are based on the natural perceptual abilities of the listener; including elements of metaphor and symbolism, and how the overall architecture of a work can function in both an acoustically/musically structured and metaphoric/symbolic manner. He discusses how an approach based on aural landscape concepts can be used establish a strong discourse within a work, one that has the potential for establishing strong lines of communication between a composer and a listener.

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