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English definition

Sunday 16 January 2005, by Rob Weale

The term emergence can be taken as indicating a conscious utilisation of the changing boundaries between the subject (listener, interpreter) and the maker (artist, composer), in which the former interacts with what the latter has made, such that the work can be said to emerge in its ’use’, rather than having been designed in its entirety by the artist and then ’presented’. This too might be regarded as a principle enhanced by the mechanisms (technological and social) associated with digital technologies. (Paraphrase of Simon Waters (2000). Beyond the acousmatic: Hybrid tendencies in electroacoustic music, in Simon Emmerson, ed. Music, Electronic Media and Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate.)

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