The role of technology in the aesthetics of postwar serial music

Title: The role of technology in the aesthetics of postwar serial music
Source document: Musicologica Brunensia. 2017, vol. 52, iss. 1, pp. 127-137
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127-137
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    1212-0391 (print)
    2336-436X (online)
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Abstract(s)
New ideas about music in Europe around 1950 resulted, in part, from contemporaneous research being done in electroacoustic music studios. Early serial composers, searching for a material untouched by history, turned to the basic components of sound, sound's 'parameters', which were seen as naturally occurring raw materials from which a new music could be built. Ironically, this supposedly natural material could not have been identified without the technology of electroacoustic music studios. Such technology enabled sound events to be analysed — to be literally 'broken up'- into component parts; these components, so-called parameters such as pitch, intensity, duration, and timbre, could then be controlled with rationalized serial methods. This paper examines the significant role research in electroacoustic music studios had in contributing to the aesthetic ideals of postwar serial music.
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