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Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic

Curtis Roads


Electronic music evokes new sensations, feelings, and thoughts in both composers and listeners. This book outlines a new theory of composition based on the toolkit of electronic music techniques. The theory consists of a framework of concepts and a vocabulary of terms describing musical materials, their transformation, and their organization. Central to this discourse is the notion of narrative structure in composition—how sounds are born, interact, transform, and die. This text is a guidebook: a tour of facts, history, commentary, opinions, and pointers to interesting ideas and new possibilit ... More

Keywords: composition, electronic music composition, aesthetics of composition, multiscale planning, sonic narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780195373233
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Curtis Roads, author
Professor of Media Arts and Technology, University of California - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California