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Otondo, Felipe

Contemporary trends in the use of space in electroacoustic music


Organised Sound: Vol. 13, No. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 77-81.

This paper describes a survey of contemporary approaches
towards the use of spatial design in electroacoustic music,
focusing on the type of spatial systems used by a sample of
composers and the way they conceive the use of space in their
music. Comparing the results with information gathered from
seventeen articles by composers written on the topic in 1997,
it is shown that composers nowadays are more used to
working with different types of spatialisation systems than
before. There is also a considerable increase in the use of
surround 5.1 as well as four- and eight-channel systems and a
decrease in the use of stereo. The compared results also show
that, in general, composers nowadays seem to be less
concerned with performance and interpretation issues as well
as technical aspects of spatialisation. Further studies could
consider a more detailed investigation of how the new
spatialisation tools have shaped the aesthetical character of
the music composed in recent years.

Monday 15 December 2008, by Rob Weale