Technology

Montage

Associated with the temporal arts such as film, video, animation, theater, dance, and music, montage, initially a cinematographic term, and its spatial equivalents collage […]

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Noise

An audio signal that cannot be analyzed as a sum of sinusoids can, alternatively, be characterized as noise.  (These two possibilities, sums of sinusoids and noise, […]

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Power

Power is a physical measure of an audio signal, proportional to the square of its amplitude.  One can also specify or measure a physical sound’s […]

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Recording

Starting in the mid 1940s, recording became understood as a technique for music production as well as merely reproducing pre-existing music. An early pracitioner[Schaeffer […]

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Resonance

Resonance, as an acoustical phenomenon, describes the ability of a physical enclosure to amplify incident sounds at particular resonant frequencies.  The vocal tract has […]

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Spectrum

The spectrum of audible sound is the interval from roughly 20 to 20000 Hz. Any particular audio signal whose total duration is finite has a […]

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Sync

The word entered the lexicon two years after the release of the first feature length film with synchronized dialogue, The Jazz Singer (1927), and […]

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Synchrony, Asynchrony

The correspondence of sound and image, voice and body, spoken words and moving lips, such that the audible appears to come from the visible. […]

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Synthesis

Synthesis is the artificial production of sound. An expansive definition would include all sound-making that does not come from nature or from the human […]

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Technique/ Technology

Technique is common word amongst artists to refer to an individual’s training in and competency with the aesthetic conventions of an art form. A […]

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