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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or participating in spectralism, a school of musical composition strongly influenced by the spectrographic analysis of sound
  • n. A composer of spectralist music


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spectral +‎ -ist


  • The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players closes its 2008-09 season with an evening of music that builds upon the so-called "spectralist" tradition.

    Sun Bloggers

  • The program focused on solo works by composers often labeled "thorny," including the sometimes-brutal Salvatore Sciarrino, the English spectralist Jonathan Harvey, the enigmatic Gyorgy Kurtag and that visionary-by-any-standard Giacinto Scelsi.

    Cellist Frances-Marie Uitti gives virtuoso performance in D.C.

  • Say what you will about Angelenos, but we love our spectralist composers.

    Space (I believe in)

  • Lamb, a spectralist who paints with a very small and narrow brush, is interested in the inner life of sounds, and the way pitches and harmonics from different and similar instruments interact to produce new sounds - sort of the way you can mix basic colors to create new ones.

    Planet Sun

  • While popular music is acceptable at 128kbps with recent encoders, certain niche music genres like spectralist music clearly suffer at low bitrates.


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