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Promoting environmental awareness through context-based composition


Philpott, C, Promoting environmental awareness through context-based composition, Organised Sound, 23, (Special issue 1) pp. 39-50. ISSN 1355-7718 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S1355771817000267


Cheryl E. Leonard is a San Francisco-based composer, performer and instrument maker who utilises sounds from natural objects and field recordings to create innovative compositions that are aesthetically appealing and also promote environmental awareness. This article examines Leonard’s work Antarctica: Music from the Ice (2009–2014), which comprises ten context-based pieces created from sounds produced with natural objects (such as penguin bones, rocks and shells) and field recordings the composer collected during her visit to Antarctica in 2008–9. In particular, the article focuses on the pieces Lullaby for E Seals, White on White, Greater than 20 Knots and Ablation Zone, showing how Leonard draws attention to pertinent environmental issues through her work, while at the same time producing compositions that are aurally pleasing and engaging for performers and listeners alike.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:music, environmental awareness, Antarctica
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Philpott, C (Dr Carolyn Philpott)
ID Code:111202
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2016-09-02
Last Modified:2019-01-21

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