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Promoting Environmental Awareness through Context-Based Composition

Philpott, CJ ORCID: 0000-0002-5778-5748 2018 , 'Promoting Environmental Awareness through Context-Based Composition' , Organised Sound, vol. 23, no. Specia , pp. 39-50 , doi: 10.1017/S1355771817000267.

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Abstract

Cheryl E. Leonard is a San Francisco-based composer, performer and instrument maker who utilises sounds from natural objects and field recordings to create innovative compositions that are aesthetically appealing and also promote environmental awareness. This article examines Leonard’s work Antarctica: Music from the Ice (2009–2014), which comprises ten context-based pieces created from sounds produced with natural objects (such as penguin bones, rocks and shells) and field recordings the composer collected during her visit to Antarctica in 2008–9. In particular, the article focuses on the pieces Lullaby for E Seals, White on White, Greater than 20 Knots and Ablation Zone, showing how Leonard draws attention to pertinent environmental issues through her work, while at the same time producing compositions that are aurally pleasing and engaging for performers and listeners alike.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Philpott, CJ
Keywords: music, environmental awareness, Antarctica
Journal or Publication Title: Organised Sound
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1355-7718
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/S1355771817000267
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© Cambridge University Press, 2017

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