Incorporation of Humpback whale song in an electroacoustic concert piece

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joshua T. Marquez (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Alejandro Rutty

Abstract: Inclusion and usage of humpback whale song within the context of an electroacoustic or acoustic ensemble has been used in recent twentieth and twenty-first century literature such as George Crumb's Vox Balaenae. New humpback whale song research techniques enable composers to create more representative ways, than previously used, to effectively capture the sound environments of the wild by using instrumental and vocal imitation or through the inclusion. I have composed a piece, Song of the Sirens, with a researched use of the aforementioned techniques and an understanding of the pitch material, contour, and development of humpback whale song. In Song of the Sirens, I present the songs of the humpback whale to be that of the mythological creature, the Siren. This thesis investigates the deeper connection between humpback whale song and composition by including the compositional techniques informed by new research of humpback whale song and the process in which the techniques may be adapted for human composition. I provide original research led by Dr. Patricia Gray, Senior Research Scientist, at the Music Research Institute of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Appendix A/Appendix B), a score of the work (Appendix C), and the Max/MSP patches used to perform the electronic component of the composition (Appendix D).

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2013
Composition, Humpback Whale, Marquez, Payne, Rutty, Sirens
Humpback whale $x Vocalization $v Songs and music
Electronic music

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