Camilleri, Lelio, ‘Shaping Sounds, Shaping Spaces’, Popular Music, 29.2 (2010), 199-211

A relatively new article referenced in pop and rock music literature, Camilleri portrays how ‘sonic space’ can only be fully explored through the techniques of acousmatic music. With diagrams and references of popular music, this article provides an understandable explanation of ‘sonic space’ being a multidimensional world comprising the interaction of, what Camilleri terms, ‘localised space’, spectral space’, and ‘ morphological space’. The distinction between time-dependent and time-independent ‘sonic space’, a pertinent perspective within the scope of this bibliography’s topic, is made when Camilleri explains that ‘localised space’ focuses on a sound’s situation and movement; ‘spectral space’ focuses on timbre, providing a sense of density and volume to the sound; ‘morphological space’ focuses on the unfolding of a sound shape over time. However, this article is not completely unproblematic. By restricting his style of musical references to the genres of rock, [1] Camilleri contradicts his point that, in order to explore ‘sonic space’ fully, an original awareness of recorded space’s capabilities is required.


[1] As Camilleri acknowledges, this is restricted to rock of the 1960s and 1970s, and progressive rock.


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