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Sonic Arts Repetoire Essay- Poeme Electronique

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VARESE- POEME ELECTRONIQUE STUDENT REGISTRATION NO: 080058926014 12/21/2008 MODULE NO: MUS-10026 Varese- Poeme Electronique A composition that demonstrated that it is possible to use electroacoustic sounds in producing a rational piece of music was Varese's 'Poeme Electronique' (1958). This particular piece paved the way for other electroacoustic composers to come in the future, and popularised the electronically-generated style of music for the other half of the 20th century (1900s). It was presented in the form of a prepared tape. The composition appears to be narrating some stories which supposedlyhints at the pieces title 'poeme electronique'. These stories distinguish life in the western world (i.e. countries such as the United States of America and the United Kingdom) which are more developed and emphasise a more modernised culture of living, as well as non-western countries (i.e. like countries in Africa), which are less developed and they emphasise a more traditional culture of living. Sounds you would hear in a city environment indicate that the story of life in the western world is being narrated. On the other hand, sounds you would hear in a jungle or village environment in third world countries indicate that the story of life in the non-western world is being narrated. ...read more.


At '02:22', a quiet ambulance siren transforms into a more densely layered police siren, with an increase in pitch. Varese uses a similar sound, an effects-processed synth, the make the transition from the ambulance siren,to the police siren smooth. His intention of delaying the time at which what appears to be the sound of footsteps,whilst the police siren was fading out in the background, may have been to create the image of a criminal escaping from the police. This is done effectively, especially with the use of panning. The clock building bells return at '02:33'. However, there is a difference in timbral quality than that of at '00:01', which sounds more like '00:12', where the bell's timbral quality begins to transform. Perhaps varese did this intentionally to enable the bells to fade out smoothly, to the 'saw' and 'lead' synth sounds that follow it immediately. At '02:42', there is a beeping countdown consisting of these very 'saw' and 'lead' synth sounds, which is produced by pitch transformation adjustments made to these synths. The sound of an aircraft is heard after this countdown. So it may refer to a countdown for the aircraft to take off. ...read more.


Also, at '00:29' seconds, he demonstrates 'rubato' a few times till '01:18'. At '02:15', he synthesizes the gesture of 'phrasing' with the melochord. QUESTION 4 Immediately right at the start at '00:00', Dennis Smalley opens the musical piece 'Wind Chimes (1987)', with a gentle 'attack-impulse' of the wind chimes. This gesture barely gives the chimes time to fade out to the background smoothly. So all within a second, the chime is quickly played and disappears abruptly. Shortly after, at '00:11', there is a very sudden 'attack-decay' of the musical chimes. This gesture was similar, but the only differences were that, there were higher velocity levels,a pitch-transformation, and a far gradual decay period. Also, morphology types 'gradual continuant' was demonstrated, and 'noise spectrum' soon after the chimes were struck at ' 00:13', so it was difficult to tell what pitch the wind chimes were sustained on. Spectral types 'note proper' was demonstrated at '00:20'. Here, it was demonstrated clearly that the wind chimes were played in absolute pitches. There was then a 'rubato' gesture demonstrated at '00:21' seconds, where there appears to be changes in 'intervals' between this time and '00:28' seconds. At '00:29' seconds, there is 'nodal spectrum' and the chimes fade out. (2,043 words) ?? ?? ?? ?? Student No: 080058926014 Module No: MUS-10026 Varese- Poeme Electronique 2 | Page ...read more.

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