Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Edmund Campion's "Losing Touch" for amplified vibraphone and fixed electronic sounds (1994): An analysis and performance guide
by Sakamoto, Kevin E., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 48; 1592703
Abstract (Summary)

Since the mid-twentieth century, many composers and performers have embraced the idea of synchronizing live musicians with electronic sounds to create a new musical experience, with organizations such as IRCAM advancing the development of electroacoustic music and technology. The genre of solo and chamber percussion music has also flourished since the twentieth century, with composers exploring the many sounds these instruments have to offer. Consequently, the parallel developments of electronic and percussion music eventually came together to form a new idiom.

One recent composer, Edmund Campion, helped propel electroacoustic music into the twenty-first century with many works incorporating electronics with live musicians. One of Campion's works, Losing Touch for amplified vibraphone and fixed electronic sounds (1994), pairs vibraphone with electronics to create a sound world unlike those before it. This project report provides a closer look at Losing Touch with a formal analysis and a guide to the performer on how to interpret this piece and navigate its technical challenges.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Atkatz, Edward
Commitee: Shockley, Alan, Verdie de Vas-Romero, Adriana
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Performing Arts
Keywords: Campion, Electronics, IRCAM, New music, Percussion, Vibraphone
Publication Number: 1592703
ISBN: 978-1-321-88286-5
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