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Contemporary Music

What is Electroacoustic Music?

Electroacoustic music is produced or altered by electrical means (as opposed to “acoustic music,” which is produced by mechanically vibrating and resonating bodies). Types of electroacoustic music may be classified according to the source of the sound material and the compositional approach. Sound materials are either acoustic, as in the case of concrete music or musique concrète, or electronic. These approaches may result either in a composition written for performers to present in real time, or in a studio composition, prepared by the composer as a finished work and stored in an electronically reproducible form so that it requires no performers in the traditional sense. The different types of sound material and compositional approach may be explored separately or variously combined in a single work. It is this variability that creates the different categories of electroacoustic music.
Barry Schrader and Marc Battier"Electroacoustic music." Grove Music OnlineOxford Music OnlineOxford University Press, accessed November 7, 2017.

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