individual tracks, materials and parameters used in
creation of these soundscape pieces, plus their structural design,
background information and documentation of all of the
digital synthesis and signal processing techniques used, with numerous
sound examples and spectrograms, in a format
suitable for classes and advanced study. The presentation of soundscape
composition surveys the techniques used in this type of work with
extensive examples drawn from tracks by the World Soundscape Project,
author and other composers whose work has been featured on the
Cambridge Street Records label.
In addition, a presentation on the concept of Acoustic Space draws on
examples from acoustics, psychoacoustics, environmental acoustics,
acoustic ecology, and multi-channel diffusion systems. Note: the
web version of the
research topics does not include the sound examples that are on this
DVD (approximately 7
hours of audio material).
DVD-ROM now includes an HTML5 Audio
option where the soundfiles are embedded on the same page when using
the Mac Safari browser only.
See also: DVD-ROM #1, Granular
Synthesis and Granulation (including Riverrun and The Shaman Ascending), and
files may be interfaced to the Handbook.
What the reviewers say:
DVD-ROM begins with an explanation of soundscape composition and its
relationship to R. Murray Schafer’s World Soundscape Project. The
guiding principles of soundscape composition include the listener’s
ability to recognize the source material and that sound invokes the
listener’s knowledge of an environmental and psychological context.
Additionally, the composer’s knowledge of environmental and
psychological contexts shapes the micro-and macro-formal elements of
the composition. Lastly, soundscape composition enhances our
understanding of the world and influences our daily perceptual habits.
At a time when our environment is threatened by pollution, this
approach to composition exalts human creativity to passionate
"The analyses of the compositions provide a thorough and cogent
exhibition of Mr. Truax’s compositional process and include a wealth of
supporting documentation including program notes, a structural
overview, accompanying spectrograms with temporal references,
description of source materials, production notes, reviews, and
references. These sections of the second DVD-ROM are priceless
snapshots of the composer’s creative and technological prowess."
M. Simoni & K. Fosdick, Computer
Music Journal, 34(2), 2010, pp. 96-98.