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As the World Leaks into the Work: Composition and architecture

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 December 2017

Diogo Alvim*
Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK


This article proposes a framework as a contribution to the expansion of compositional practice. It analyses and problematises different dimensions of architectural thinking and practice, and transposes them to the field of music. This way it suggests and develops compositional strategies that are more deeply engaged with the several spatialities of music creation, performance and listening. Material, site, drawing, programme and use operate as conceptual tools to articulate music and architecture in a discussion towards a more comprehensive understanding of music composition. This was the theoretical ground of a practice-based PhD research in which I developed a portfolio of works. I will describe some of these to contextualise and demonstrate the contemporary relevance of this framework.

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