Music Composition Technique Based on Granular Synthesis

  • Pradit Saengkrai Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University
Keywords: Granular Synthesis, Clouds, Sound Mass, Twentieth Century Music


          This article focused on basic concept of granular synthesis application in music composition by emphasizing different level of time scale and building musical texture comparing to the sound mass and texture of clouds with various parameters of granular synthesis and give examples of music compositions according to this method. The method is found in compositions from Iannis Xenakis and György Ligeti, well-known composers in twentieth century, which the significant compositions are Concret PH, Bohor I, Persépolis, Atmosphère and Lux Aeterna. These compositions are based on granular synthesis. Thus studying basic idea of granular synthesis is the important role for analysing twentieth century music especially compositions based on this method.


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