Sonic Landscape no. 3 Barry D. Truax

Sonic Landscape No. 3 is a timbral, spatial study. It is intended to create a sound environment that surrounds the listener, and envelopes him/her in an acoustic space of changing dimensions. A sense of travelling through various spaces may be experienced. The work may be arbitrarily divided into three sections, each of which organizes the timbral and textural component in different ways. Familiar percussion timbres occur in the first section, which suggest familiar associations and images. In the second section, less familiar timbres are introduced in heavier densities such that the interaction of entire groups of timbres and events are perceived. In the final section, individual events are not perceived as much as a single, complex texture composed of related broad-band elements. The resultant complex of sound tends to be heard and felt as a physical sound mass; sound and sense seem inextricably fused.

  • Year of composition: 1975
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Instrumentation: 4 computer-synthesized soundtracks
  • Software used: POD system for sound synthesis and composition.
  • Duration of the submitted work: 16:00
  • Publisher: Waterloo Music
  • Awards received: Sonic Landscape No. 3 was awarded 1st prize in the Computer Music category of the 5th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France, in 1977.
  • Premiere: February 16, 1975, Vancouver New Music Society
  • Disc publication: Sonic Landscape No. 3 is available on the Melbourne album Sonic Landscapes and Cultures Electroniques 11, serie IMEB/UNESCO/CIME, France.

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