In this article, the author notes that the label ‘the new complexity' is a growing trend in contemporary music (ca.1994). In discussing this trend he argues that such complexity only appears to concern music's inner relationships - the abstract aspects of music - whereas music of a truly ‘new complexity' should be based on both its inner (musical) and outer (extra-musical) relationships and the links between these two. Although founded primarily on traditional, western note-based music, he contextualises some of his discussion through his experiences as an electroacoustic practitioner, offering examples of inner and outer complexities in some of his own electroacoustic works.
The Inner and Outer Complexity of Music
Perspective of New Music 32(1): 176-193.