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Towards ‘a beautiful land’: Compositional strategies and influences in Five Panels (no.1)

Adkins, Monty (2008) Towards ‘a beautiful land’: Compositional strategies and influences in Five Panels (no.1). In: 2nd SpACE-Net Spatial Audio Workshop, 23 January 2008, Music Research Centre, University of York. (Unpublished)

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    Five Panels (no.1) is an experimental electronic composition that takes as its starting point the classic
    (post-1949) abstract paintings of Mark Rothko. As a result, and in contrast to my previous works, Five
    Panels (no.1) is more minimal regarding its gestural content and makes less use of teleologically
    oriented structuring processes. The work focuses more on the details within each sound and on subtle
    shifts in timbre and acoustic space. This article will cover the influence of Rothko and abstract
    expressionism more broadly on the work. The spiritual quality of Rothko’s paintings is also
    investigated. As essentially abstract works, I am keen to understand how Rothko’s works, and, as an
    extension to this, abstract music can communicate a sense of spirituality with specific reference to Five
    Panels (no.1). Finally, the immersive quality of Rothko’s classic paintings, due both to their size and
    the painters obsessive control over the conditions and placement of the paintings in galleries, is
    discussed in relation to the use of surround sound in Five Panels (no.1).

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
    School of Music, Humanities and Media > CeReNeM
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    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 12 May 2009 09:25
    Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 10:19


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