(compMus1) Fundamental Traits of Electronic Music

From E/E:

  1. The sound resources available to electronic music are unlimited. (You are not limited to the sounds of traditional musical instruments.)
  2. Electronic music can expand the perception of tonality. (Microtonality, or any arbitrary division of the octave is possible. The de-emphasis of pitch – noise- is also just as possible as pitch.)
  3. Electronic music exists in a state of actualization. (The composition and the performance are usually one and the same.)
  4. Electronic music has a special relationship with the temporal nature of music. (Music is a temporal art. Electronic music allows for more direct and extensive modification of time.)
  5. In electronic music, sound itself becomes the material of composition. (This concept is the basis of concrete music, rather than abstract notation.)
  6. Electronic music does not breathe: it is not affected by the limitations of
    human performance.
  7. Electronic music often lacks a point of comparison with the natural world
    of sounds, providing a largely mental and imaginative experience. (This concept leads to much debate. The general idea is that since electronic music can exist without physical/original performance of the sounds, the listener has a personal and abstract connection to the music. This concept argues against the idea of electronic music as sound effects.)


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