Date of Award

4-2018

Degree Name

Master of Music

Department

Music

First Advisor

Christopher Biggs, D.M.A.

Second Advisor

Lisa Coons, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Richard Johnson, D.M.A.

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This collection of three musical compositions for solo instruments and electronics explores the interaction between acoustic instruments and electronic media with a specific focus on musical form. The musical form is apparent due to clear musical segmentations, and the coherence of each work is maintained by the inter-contextual relationships evident in the musical material. Each piece is divided into three parts: beginning, middle, and end. Each beginning sets up a strong relationship between the two media by using closely timed action-reaction gestures. The middle section diverges away from these reactionary gestures, while the ending then brings about a short return of earlier material. Both the electronic and acoustic parts adhere to this structure.

Each piece combines live and fixed electronics with a different instrumental type in order to explore the potential relationships between both media. Live electronics process sound in real time whereas fixed media is a combination of set audio files that sound the exact same way each time they are played. “Tangled Illusions” is written for koto, a plucked stringed instrument, and triggered fixed media. “Empyrean Tides” is written for alto flute, a wind instrument, and a combination of predominantly triggered fixed media and live electronic effects. “Learning to Speak” is written for woman’s voice, a vocal instrument, and a combination of predominantly live electronic effects and triggered fixed media.

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