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auralsonology.com is a companion website to the book Emergent Musical Forms: Aural Explorations. The Aural Sonology Project represents a novel approach to the analysis of sonic and structural aspects of music-as-heard, developed at the Norwegian Academy of Music.  It’s method of analysis and theory is not uniquely reserved for a particular compositional style or expression.  A central concern for the project is the development of aural consciousness through a systematic application of different ways of listening.  Audio-visual technology facilitates the making and the presentation of the aural sonology analyses. The approach is particularly useful for dealing with music for which no score is available (e.g. electroacoustic music) or (instrumental) music in which there is no simple one-to-one correspondence between score and the aural phenomenon. A complete presentation of the project is published in Emergent Musical Forms:  Aural Explorations by Lasse Thoresen with the assistance of Andreas Hedman (Studies in Music of the University of Western Ontario).

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September 21 2018

Eilif Balkır defended her PhD dissertation September 7, 2018 in Paris. The title of her dissertation is: Étude comparative des approches créatrices et technologiques au Groupe de Recherches Musicales à Paris et à Elektronmusikstudion à Stockholm 1965–1980. Deux directions artistiques différentes à partir d’une idée commune. The PhD is the result of a “cotutelle” between Stockholm University, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, and Sorbonne University. Balkır examines interactions between Pierre Schaeffer (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) and Knut Wiggen (Elektronmusikstudion)—pioneers of electroacoustic music in France and Sweden—and the evolution of artistic directions within their respective institutions. Aural Sonology is central to Balkır’s analyses of pioneer works which forms a part of the basis for her research, and the end goal is to determine a methodology for an in-depth understanding of acousmatic music analysis and to establish an historical documentation on French and Swedish electroacoustic music within the development of technology. The dissertation may be read in full-text at the portal for publications at Stockholm University. Language: French.

November 25 2017

Andreas Angell has published his Master’s thesis “Timbre, texture and spiritual symbolism in Gubaidulina’s two works, De profundis and Et expecto. Aural sonology as a tool to explore sonic and structural aspects of interpretation in contemporary accordion music” in Applied Music Theory at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Excerpt from abstract: “This thesis concerns multiple aural analyses of the pieces for accordion by Sofia Gubaidulina; De Profundis and Et Exspecto. Through aural sonology, this research focuses on the exploration of emerging gestalts through performance and interpretation. Unlike a traditional analysis of the music manifested in the score, this approach concerns sonic and structural elements that are heard through the recorded performance. (…) The goal of this thesis is to ascertain which timbral musical objects are heard, illuminate the structural forms of the music and make an interpretation of the symbolic meaning in the chosen works”. Videos of the aural analyses may be found here.

June 27 2016

Marcelo Nicolino, a Brazilian musician and researcher, has published his Master’s dissertation “The sound design spectromorphology: the listening score as a tool to analyze the cinematic sound design composition” in Music/Sonology at the University of São Paulo. The main subject is the use of Thoresen’s spectromorphology theory as a practical tool for film sound design analysis. As a case study, Nicolino analyzed five sequences from F.F. Coppola’s The Conversation (1974), sound designed by Walter Murch. Several videos of the analyses may be found here. Language: Portuguese.

May 30 2016

Lasse Thoresen has published a new article in the book Musiques Électroacoustiques Analyses ↔ Écoutes, which is available for purchase through Éditions Delatour’s website.
Lasse Thoresen (2016): Analyse perceptive des formes emergentes. Une approche gestaltiste de l’analyse musicale. With the assistance of Vahram Sargsyan and David Grant: Musiques Électroacoustiques Analyses ↔ Écoutes. Éditions Delatour, France. Have a look at the analytical movie of Lachenmann’s Scherzo from Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern: www.musimediane.com/delatour_marty

March 18 2016

Interview with Lasse Thoresen about the aural sonology project at the Norwegian Academy of Music’s website. Language: Norwegian.

March 18 2016

Recent PhD thesis by Njål Ølnes on free jazz improvisation makes extensive use of aural sonology analysis tools. Language: Norwegian (nynorsk). Available in PDF and EPUB formats. Download from BIBSYS Brage.

November 2015

The new book Emergent Musical Forms: Aural Explorations by Lasse Thoresen assisted by Andreas Hedman (Studies in Music of the University of Western Ontario) will be published in November 2015, and will soon be available for purchase. Sales in America are handled by The University of Western Ontario, c/o professor J.Grier, sales in Europe and Asia are handled by Norsk Musikforlag.
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