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The Musical Influences of Nature: Electronic Composition and Ornithomusicology

McGarry, Peter (2020) The Musical Influences of Nature: Electronic Composition and Ornithomusicology. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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Abstract

Zoomusicology is the study of animal sounds through a musical lens and is leading to a new era of
sonic ideas and musical compositions. This project explores these ideas, with a focus on
ornithomusicology (the study of musicality in bird song) and experiments with how the bird song
could work in electronic music composition. I recorded four different bird species, selected with a
variety of song. The chosen songs were transcribed and analysed by ear and the use of spectrographs.
Using the recordings of chaffinches, dunnocks, robins and blackbirds, I created musical soundscapes
alongside a more traditional styled track. I composed 5 pieces with minimally edited field recordings
so the musical ideas could be presented clearly. This project shows the benefits of using birdsong in
music for the composer and audience.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
Depositing User: Christine Morelli
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 13:45
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 14:23
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/35489

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