Preface

Extract:

Although I have been engaged in sonic artmaking for most of my life in one way or another, it is only now that I feel I have reached a position where I have enough experience to see the whole domain, largely unobscured. It is an outlook that allows what I have learnt over the years to flow freely from one domain to another. This has deepened my comprehension through the investigation and experience of new perspectives gleaned from multiple standpoints. This website and accompanying book is my attempt to share these observations and understandings of sonic art practice with you and to help you translate them into quality artmaking techniques. I hope that they will enrich your lives as they have mine.

 

Readers of this site should seek to use the advice offered not as exercises in compositional technique, but rather as a facilitation of individual creative processes. The approach encourages an upholding of quality creative ideas - allowing them to lead - never putting concept before percept, but always giving credence to the integrity of the materials themselves, which ideally should contain all the necessary qualities for the work to succeed. With this in mind, this site may be used effectively as a reference companion for gaining a deeper understanding of the functionality of specific types of materials in, and throughout, the various phases of the compositional process. It  should not be considered as a step-by-step guide to producing high quality sonic artworks.   

 

Many of the views offered are elaborations of existing theories and models, and so in this way the site supplies a compendium of contemporary concepts and practical techniques that may be used to define the functional languages of the subdisciplines under investigation. Exemplars of creative work within each subdiscipline are also provided as a means of supplying information that can only be delivered through the functionality of the materials themselves. I take the view that theory is only useful if it is mitigated by ear, and that these two modes of delivering information - the nominal and the phenomenological -  provide the most effective way of imparting knowledge to the reader.