8.15. Emerging Musical Structures. Techniques for the Transcription and Analysis of Electroacoustic Music Mario Mazzoli - 30 juin 2017, 10h15-10h20, amphithéâtre Cavaillès


Le 30 juin 2017
de 10h15 à 10h20

Le Patio (université de Strasbourg)
22 rue René Descartes, 67000 Strasbourg
amphithéâtre Cavaillès


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Auteur : Mario Mazzoli

     This presentation illustrates a method for transcribing electroacoustic music, and subsequently a number of methods for its analysis, utilizing the transcription as main ground for investigation. The research targets pieces that are particularly resistant to traditional musical analysis.

     The piece Audible Ecosystems 3b, by Italian composer Agostino Di Scipio serves as a case study to demonstrate the efficacy of the developed techniques. The methods proposed combine objective measurements with perceptual data, and existing procedures of musical notation and analysis with the author’s own intuitions.

     The transcription is the result of the attempt to generalize methods used by B. Fennelly, S. Roy, and P. Couprie, and consists of a graphical score that uses only three main symbols and is very close in layout to a traditional score. For analytical purposes three original concepts are introduced: the “dominance patterns”, the “density patterns”, and the “instability index”. The first two track the presence and evolutions of specific sounds throughout the piece in order to provide statistics-based structural schemes, while the last tracks the transformations in the perceived tension at any given moment or passage in the piece. The resulting data are illustrated in graphs that allow to show similarities between small-scale and large-scale patterns.

     Assuming that certain perceptual mechanisms are akin to all musical styles, the ultimate goal of this research is that of showing how and what kind of local and large-scale organizational patterns can emerge by listening to electroacoustic music.

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