Thesis title: Textural spatiality, structure and process in acousmatic music
Supervisor: Professor Denis Smalley
Overview and research interests
Through composition, analysis, and theory, the project develops an aesthetic approach to acousmatic music, which emphasises transformational processes of spatiality and materiality in texture. Particular attention is devoted to developing principles and terminology pertinent to the meaningful treatment of texture in multichannel composition formats.
The thesis also explores the role of visual imagination in listening, including the introduction of the concept of textons, adopted from neuroscientist Bela Julesz' research on visual texture perception. Further topics include entropy and organisation in texture, motion typology, spectromorphological shaping in texture, and higher-level textural topography.
- Aesthetics of spatiality and textural processes in electroacoustic music
- Approaches to multichannel composition formats
- Musical structures in space and time
- Visual thinking and listening
- Embodied meaning and listening
- Musical theory and terminology
- Philosophical and scientific perspectives on music
Erik has an MA Electroacoustic Composition from City University London and a BA (Hons.) from Recording Arts, SAE London.
- Nyström, E. (2011), 'Textons and the Propagation of Space in Acousmatic Music', Organised Sound 16(1), pp. 14-26.
- Nyström, E. (2011), 'Elemental Chemistry: Textons and a vision of space', In: Motje Wolf & Andrew Hill (Eds.), Proceedings of Sound, Sight, Space and Play 2010 Postgraduate Symposium for the Creative Sonic Arts De Montfort University Leicester, United Kingdom, 2-4 June 2010, pp. 45-58.
- Nyström. E. (2009), 'Texture and Entropic Processes in Electroacoustic Music',In: Motje Wolf (Ed.) Proceedings of Sound, Sight, Space and Play 2009 De Montfort University Leicester, United Kingdom, 6-8 May 2009. pp. 12-21.
Prizes and mentions
- Prix du Public (for Elemental Chemistry), Metamorphoses International Competition in Acosumatic Composition, Belgium, 2010
- Mercer's Music Prize for Outstanding Achievement, City University London, 2010
- Honourable Mention (for Elemental Chemistry), Musica Viva Electroacoustic Composition Competition, Portugal, 2010
Erik is a part-time lecturer in contemporary music history and aesthetics, and electroacoustic composition, at SAE London.