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Field, Ambrose

An Introduction to Discovery Strategy


Organised Sound: Vol. 1, no. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 119-123.

The purpose of Discovery Strategy is to define compositional methods which can lead first-time listeners to the musical substance of an electroacoustic work, leading them towards identifying features that lie beneath the surface of the music. A key component of this mechanism is the skilful integration of familiar sounds into more abstract contexts. The implementation of the strategy rests on a consideration of how different listeners perceive music through time, and how their perception changes over repeated listenings. The tape work, Undercurrents (Field, 1994) follows these principles, demonstrating that it is not necessary to compromise structural sophistication while pursuing Discovery Strategy methods.

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