PHILHARMONICA. International Music JournalReference:
Monody and Electro-Acoustic Music: Differences and Similarities
Abstract.The subject of the research is the functional similarity between tone and tembre that is demonstrated based on the example of monody and electro-acoustic music. Monody is a style of composition where sound, usually of a certain tone, is the main element while music composed for an electronic media does not have sounds of particular tone at all and tones and noise play the same role. Nevertheless, the main feature of both styles is a long duration of a stable sound. Another similar feature is overtones confined to voice or instrument used in a composition. The author of the article also underlines different stability and non-stability of sound in both styles. The research methods included mathematical, structural and spectral analysis of Medieval one-voice music as well as compositions by L. Berio, K. Stockhausen and P. Boulez. The novelty of the research is caused by the fact that the author defines numerous similarities in functional relations and perception of monody and electro-acoustic music. The author refuses from the thematic analysis of the monody structure as in analysis of homophonic harmonic compositions and differentiates electro-acoustic music from sonorism that electro-acoustic music is often associated with due to its colorfulness.
Keywords: overtone, sound, functionality, electro-acoustic music, monody, form-building, timbre, musical occasion, Guido d’Arezzo, Stockhausen
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