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Title: Soundcolours : a composition for Javanese gamelan and western instruments
Author: Salm, Andreas.
Awarding Body: University of Central England in Birmingham
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 2005
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The aim of my project is to compose a large work for Javanese Gamelan and Western Chamber Orchestra in which all the instruments keep their original tuning. I am interested in the question of combining different tuning system and the effect of such combined tuning on the whole aesthetic properties of the music. One of the main research questions is: "how may Javanese Gamelan and Western instruments fit together? " My curiosity as a composer led me to try out a large number of exercises. The final score is the combined result of these exercises, the first performance of soundcolours and the solutions to the problems to unexpected sounds. My writing generally depends on practical knowledge - the working process becoming the interlocking activity of theory and practice. The folio contains the score of the main work, the score of exercises, early versions and related works, accompanied by four live recordings. There is also an extended essay in which I critically examine the problems arising from the project, the aesthetic ideas behind it, and the quality of the outcomes. In order to understand Gamelan tuning from the perspective of the Western player, I include acoustic analysis of the tuning of selected Gamelan instruments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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