Sound Symbols and Landscapes

Wishart, Trevor


The Language of Electroacoustic Music. London: Macmillan, 41-60.

Language: English

In this essay, the author defines and discusses the aural landscape of electroacoustic music. He discusses how a composer can establish networks of relationships that are based on the natural perceptual abilities of the listener; including elements of metaphor and symbolism, and how the overall architecture of a work can function in both an acoustically/musically structured and metaphoric/symbolic manner. He discusses how an approach based on aural landscape concepts can be used establish a strong discourse within a work, one that has the potential for establishing strong lines of communication between a composer and a listener.