Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lines and Patterns: Translating the Architecture of the Los Angeles Freeways into Music
by Kaplan, Brandon J., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 74; 13861526
Abstract (Summary)

Architecture and music have been connected together for centuries and composers have intersected the two in music in numerous ways. Some have written pieces based on specific buildings, others have analyzed and created compositional parameters from the acoustics of a space, and still others have applied architectural theories and concepts in the design and creation of music. A recurring theme that appears to be shared across of these approaches is the use of patterns, which is logical as music and architecture are both built on patterns to some extent. Furthermore, the very notion of translating and interpreting the visuality of architecture as music is intriguing and warrants further investigation.

This paper examines musical works with influences from architecture and which use patterns to provide the basis for an original music composition about the Los Angeles freeways. Then, the contents of my composition will be analyzed to understand how I approached translating the freeways into music.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Torres-Santos, Raymond
Commitee: Herman, Martin, Doyle, Alicia M
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Musical composition
Keywords: Architecture, Freeways, Los Angeles, Minimalism, Music Composition, Urbanism
Publication Number: 13861526
ISBN: 9781687997869
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