Event Title

The Sounds of Objects In Spaces: Sound Sculpture as a Compositional Medium

Presenter Information

Dante Giramma, Oberlin College

Location

King Building 127

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2019 9:30 AM

End Date

4-27-2019 10:50 AM

Abstract

This project will investigate the creation of sound sculptures as a unique creative medium, as well as in relation to traditional musical composition. Through sculpture, concepts of time and sound manifest themselves completely differently than in other forms of musical practice, and the relationship between the piece, the performer, and the audience drastically shifts when compared to most concert settings. Furthermore, sound sculpture is an inherently interdisciplinary medium that deeply connects to the visual arts. Sound sculpture provides freedoms to the artist, but also comes with its own inherent obstacles and challenges. This forces musicians working with sound sculpture to create adaptive and innovative approaches to their creative process. I will explore the challenges and affordances of sound sculptures and the methodologies involved in their creation via research and analysis. I will research the historical background and development of sound sculptures to give the medium context when compared to other musical practices. I will conduct an investigation of long standing and contemporary figures in the field, analyzing their works and approaches to the creative process. Finally, I will explore these concepts in the context of my own work, applying what I learn to past projects as well as building upon my findings to generate new creative output.

Keywords:

Music, Art, Sculpture, Sound, Composition

Notes

Session I, Panel 3 - Music | Production
Moderator: Kathryn Metz, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Major

Musical Studies

Advisor(s)

Peter Swendsen, TIMARA

Project Mentor(s)

Kathryn Metz, Ethnomusicology

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Apr 27th, 9:30 AM Apr 27th, 10:50 AM

The Sounds of Objects In Spaces: Sound Sculpture as a Compositional Medium

King Building 127

This project will investigate the creation of sound sculptures as a unique creative medium, as well as in relation to traditional musical composition. Through sculpture, concepts of time and sound manifest themselves completely differently than in other forms of musical practice, and the relationship between the piece, the performer, and the audience drastically shifts when compared to most concert settings. Furthermore, sound sculpture is an inherently interdisciplinary medium that deeply connects to the visual arts. Sound sculpture provides freedoms to the artist, but also comes with its own inherent obstacles and challenges. This forces musicians working with sound sculpture to create adaptive and innovative approaches to their creative process. I will explore the challenges and affordances of sound sculptures and the methodologies involved in their creation via research and analysis. I will research the historical background and development of sound sculptures to give the medium context when compared to other musical practices. I will conduct an investigation of long standing and contemporary figures in the field, analyzing their works and approaches to the creative process. Finally, I will explore these concepts in the context of my own work, applying what I learn to past projects as well as building upon my findings to generate new creative output.