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Music Research Seminar: Manuella Blackburn

  • City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom (map)

‘The Terminology of Borrowing’

This talk reflects on a recent research project addressing electroacoustic music compositions that borrow from existing musical and sound resources. Investigating works that borrow and thrive upon existing sound sources presents an array of issues regarding terminology, authorship and creativity. Embedding borrowed elements into new electroacoustic music goes beyond the simplicity of ‘cut and paste’ as composers approach this practice with new and novel techniques. Because the components and building blocks of electroacoustic music are often recorded sound, the categories of borrowing become vast, thus incidences of borrowing, in some shape or form, can appear inevitable or unavoidable when composing. In this talk a new framework for categorising borrowings is proposed as a helpful aid for others looking to sample in new compositional work and for further musicological study.

* On Tuesday, February 12th, Manuella Blackburn will present a programme of her acousmatic works at the City, University of London Concert Series. For more information and ticket reservations, click here.

Earlier Event: November 23
Listening Group: Laurence Osborn