Welcome to ComposingWithSounds.org.uk
But ... What is this Musique Concrète stuff?
Musique Concrète is music crafted from recorded sounds
What defines a sound for us?
The only real requirement is that you can hear it! If you can hear it, if you feel inspired to do something with it, if you have the right to use the recording of it [or better still, you made the recording yourself], then it's a sound you can work with. Just to contradict that a little, we can use silense as well ...
Who is this site for?
This site is for aspiring electroacoustic musicians, those with a passion for music technology, and those curious about making music from recorded sounds. All sorts of sounds. Everyday sounds; strange noises from musical instruments 'played' in unusual ways; weird, abstract sounds - in fact, making music from just about any sound you can imagine - and then a few you can't imagine- yet.
But - can't I use a synth?
There are two ways to look at this question:
We could strike a balance here - and say that synth is OK provided we use it in great moderation. We need to keep our mind on creating something more than just synth music!
Does this fit with 'anything we can capture with a microphone'? Well, if we were to play our synth sound through a loudspeaker, we could point a microphone at it ... so yes, we have created a sound; we have a recording of it; we can now manipulate it. What is important is that we listen to the sounds we are creating, when we create them, after we have recorded them, and while we are changing them to make music with them.
So it's really 'playing with sounds'?
Yes! That's the idea. Pierre Schaeffer was very keen on the double-meaning of the verb to play; we should play our music in the way a conventional musician plays their instrument; we should also have fun playing-around with our sounds, listening to what we get, and being creative with the new sounds we produce along the way. We could say organising sounds to create a new work of sonic art.
... and who is this Pierre Schaeffer?
You'll have to look at our history page to get the answer to that one!
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