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  • n. A musical composition practice in which compositional decisions are often informed by the analysis of sound spectra


spectral +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)


  • Over the past several decades Saariaho has established herself as a restless genius with a broad range, borrowing from many approaches and schools, among them spectralism and electroacoustic music, without ever subscribing to any single one-the only constant element in her sensual, sometimes eerie compositions is a profound fascination with timbre and tone color.

    Chicago Reader

  • The audience is not going to hear a style - minimalism or spectralism.

    Jim Caruso's Cast Party on

  • I think that's part of the point about spectralism — in some ways, it's still going on (Saariaho?



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