Riley, Thomas Richard (2014) Noise: towards a definition. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

The research aims to explore the perceptual affects of noise on the relationship between performers, their instruments and listeners. The portfolio of compositions and accompanying thesis demonstrates the results of this treatment of sound and space, ideas coming from experiences of noise in other areas of life. Works were developed by experimenting with the relationship between performer and computer and by taking a hands-­‐on approach to discovering sounds. My practice as an improviser, performer and hip hop producer also guided that approach. The findings of the work imply that noise can be perceived as a type of silence, as a frame for other textures and something that can be edited out of perception. It also shows noise, as random variation of other elements, can be a used to create pieces that work towards affecting listeners perception of time.

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