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Hearing voices: electroacoustic composition portfolio and commentary

Scrutton, Nichola Jane (2009) Hearing voices: electroacoustic composition portfolio and commentary. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The concept of voice is a fundamental thread that underpins my PhD portfolio, with the human voice being present in all but one of the compositions. The drive to make what I think of as 'voice works' has, to a large extent, been influenced by various theatrical vocal practices that are in some way concerned with the development of the natural voice. Such practices help to facilitate a broad potentiality of expression, not only through, but before or beyond text. No one method or theory has had primary influence on my work but rather, in the broadest sense, I recognise a set of affinities with many notable influential practices including that of Roy Hart Theatre; Kristin Linklater; David Moss; Joan La Barbara; Sainkho Namtchylak; and Jaap Blonk. The complicating factor, in every case, is that I also draw on a range of electroacoustic influences.Trevor Wishart's many ideas about 'the human repertoire' - vocal utterance, paralanguage, sound morphology and transformative compositional processes - are perhaps most relevant. But I have also drawn from Denis Smalley's spectromorphological concepts, particularly those pertaining to the aural perception of human gesture. My listening generally has been quite wide-ranging across genres but includes the work of Francois Bayle, Bernard Parmegiani, Francis Dhomont, Robert Normandeau, Natasha Barrett, Dennis Smalley, Yannis Kyriakides, Michel Chion and Heiner Goebels.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Due to copyright restrictions the full text of this thesis cannot be made available online. Access to the printed version is available.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Supervisor's Name: Fells, Dr. Nick
Date of Award: 2009
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:2009-1551
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2010
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:42
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/1551

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