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From centimetres to seconds: sound design’s shift from technical serialism to musically informed performance practice in the 1950s WDR Studio, Cologne

Williams, Sean (2013). From centimetres to seconds: sound design’s shift from technical serialism to musically informed performance practice in the 1950s WDR Studio, Cologne. In: What is Sound Design?, 27-29 Nov 2013, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

Music made in the West Deutsche Rundfunk Studio for Electronic Music in the 1950s was characterized by a strict serialist determination of all sound parameters. In Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Studie II, and Gesang der Jünglinge, sounds as short as 0.05 seconds were designed and had to be realised with particular frequencies, dynamics and envelope shapes. The time and effort needed to achieve such exact detail was making it impossible to produce longer pieces, so something had to change.

I demonstrate how sound design and realization processes evolved during the production of Gesang der Jünglinge, from editing together hundreds of tiny pieces of tape to creating complex structures lasting several seconds using more performative and gestural techniques.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords: sound design, stockhausen, performance practice, electronic music
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 48766
Depositing User: Sean Williams
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 16:16
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48766
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