What is Sound?

Peter Nelson

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What is sound? This question is posed in contradiction to the every-day understanding that sound is a phenomenon apart from us, to be heard, made, shaped and organised. Thinking through the history of computer music, and considering the current configuration of digital communi-cations, sound is reconfigured as a type of network. This network is envisaged as non-hierarchical, in keeping with currents of thought that refuse to prioritise the human in the world. The relationship of sound to music proposes ways of thinking about and tapping into the network, in the hope of re-enchanting sound with the grace of art.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2014
EventICMC/SMC 2014 - Aristotle Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
Duration: 15 Sep 201419 Sep 2014


ConferenceICMC/SMC 2014


  • sound, philosophy of music, computer music


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