Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Referring to a sound that has no visually identifiable cause.
  • adj. Referring to Pythagorean disciples who for years listened to his lectures from behind a curtain, unable to see him.
  • adj. Referring to pre-recorded music that is presented in concert using loudspeakers, e.g. some types of computer music.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hearing; listening: as, acousmatic disciples.
  • n. A name given to such of the disciples of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras as had not completed their years of probation; hence, a professed hearer; a probationer.
  • n. An equivalent form is acoustic.

Etymologies

From Latin acousmaticus, from Ancient Greek ἀκουσματικός (akousmatikos), from ἀκούω (akouō, "I hear"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Using words like "acousmatic," concrete "and" tape music "to describe themselves, emerging Brooklyn-based band Small Black will show you what that combination means at their Mercury Lounge show, performing alongside recent-Southstreet-Seaport performers Beach Fossils.

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  • Future installations include Kyle Gann on Minimalism, Tom Lopez on acousmatic music, and Lara Pellegrinelli (aka Dr. LP) on the new jazz.

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  • Such acousmatic listening involves experiencing sounds in a way that is “detached from the circumstances of their production,” rather than “as having a certain worldly cause” (Hamilton 2007, 58).

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  • It is in this way that déacousmatisation [the linkage of an acousmatic voice with a subject] equals subjectivization (Zizek, Looking Awry 127). close window

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  • Readers intrigued by Ronell's linkage of technology and schizophrenia in the figure of distant speech (in this essay, acousmatic speech), may be interested to know that researchers at the University of Colorado have recently discovered a receptor in the hypothalamus (in the brain) that is sensitive to the difference between foreground and background noise.

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  • If 'Forest Of Evil' was the push-off, we're deep into the session now, rendering those intermediary hours of the trip when we're untethered from reality and deposited in the moment, an interzone of harrowing drones, acousmatic sampledelics and arcane intentions designed to create a state of psychedelic submission.

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  • Aside from López's singular adherence to thematic and acousmatic purity, the most striking aspect of these recordings is their length.

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  • June in Buffalo 2008 will offer an extraordinary opportunity to work with a distinguished, international faculty of composers and researchers, leading experts in algorithmic, interactive, multimedia, acousmatic, and electroacoustic computer music.

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  • Schaeffer coined the term Musique Concrete (also called "acousmatic music") to describe non-narrative music using

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  • (Hearing a high fidelity recording thus furnishes an aesthetically identical musical experience despite having a speaker cone rather than a violin as source.) “The acousmatic experience of sound is precisely what is exploited by the art of music” (Scruton 1997,

    Auditory Perception

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