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The Attribute of Space in Music: Three Examples

  • Author / Creator
    Arnáez, Nicolás A. M.
  • Sound and space are physically inseparable; all sounds have a defined spatial location. Our ears receive the energy generated by sound sources traveling in the air and inform us about location, motion, and in many cases also the velocity of movement of that source. Since the 1950s, technology has allowed music composers to investigate the possibility of locating and moving sounds through space. These spatial principles of acoustics have become new artistic parameters in musical composition. Because all sounds we interact with have spatial content, it is crucial to study and understand how they behave in our everyday situations, how we perceive them, and how they affect us psychologically. This will allow us to create musical pieces with a natural and organic ability of motion. This thesis presents three musical compositions that deal with this new parameter, using different approaches.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Music
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R32J68C8C
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Music
  • Specialization
    • Composition
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Smallwood, Scott (Department of Music)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Ingraham, Mary (Department of Music)
    • Hannesson, Mark (Department of Music)
    • Smallwood, Scott (Department of Music)