Jonty Harrison - Unsound Objects
  Year :   1995
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Composition
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Unsound Objects was commissioned by the International Computer Music Association and first performed at the 1995 International Computer Music Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Along with four other tape works, it is available on Articles indéfinis, a

  Work Details  
  One of the main criteria in Pierre Schaeffers definition of the sound object was that, through the process of reduced listening, one should hear sound material purely as sound, divorced from any associations with its physical origins - in other words, what is significant about a recorded violin sound (for example) is that particular sound, its unique identity, and not its violin-ness. Despite this ideal, a rich repertoire of music has been created since the 1950s which plays precisely on the ambiguities evoked when recognition and contextualisation of sound material rub shoulders with more abstracted (and abstract) musical structures. But as these structures should themselves be organically related to the peculiarities of individual sound objects within them, the ambiguity is compounded: interconnections and multiple levels of meaning proliferate. The known becomes strange and the unknown familiar in a continuum of reality, unreality and surreality, where boundaries shift and continually renewed definitions are the only constant...