A Portfolio of Original Compositions (Andrew Dolphin)

  • Andrew Dolphin

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Sound toys as open work, composition medium and compositional tool. A collection of interactive sonic centric audiovisual systems, designed and influenced by aesthetics, processes and techniques familiar to the field of electroacoustic music, and informed through the composition and realisation of fixed media multichannel electroacoustic works.

A collection of original works are presented that explore a broad spectrum of compositional possibilities. Five open form non-linear works are introduced as sound toys. These are designed to be exploratory and playful compositional frameworks, or systems for composition, that are relevant to the fields of sound art and electroacoustic music. Compositional decisions are controlled or influenced by an end user (or player) in these playful open form works. Multidisciplinary compositional approaches and alternative modes for the presentation and dissemination of electroacoustic artworks are investigated.

Five fixed media electroacoustic pieces are presented. Ideas of kinesis and kinetic energy as an external compositional agent, and multichannel spatial approaches are central to these works.

Cross-pollination of aspects of both aesthetic and technical concerns of each discipline are explored, and these fields have been allowed to feed each other.
Date of AwardJul 2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorPaul Wilson (Supervisor) & Eric Lyon (Supervisor)

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