Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Performing Arts Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

Dr Cat Hope


There are a number of characteristics that distinguish acoustic and electronic music. The most apparent difference is the nature of their sound sources, but there is also substantial variation in the compositional process and in the techniques available to composers of each medium. The history electronic music extends from two traditions: Western Ali Music and popular music. During the 20th Century, composers and popular musicians alike took advantage of the many advances in electronic equipment technology to create new styles of music. The development of electronic instruments and recording equipment offered new sounds and provided new methods for the creation and distribution of music. Working strictly within the framework of a single medium potentially restricts the possibilities available to a composer. By analysing techniques found in electronic music and incorporating them into acoustic composition, one can expand the creative tools at their disposal. The goal of this dissertation is to contextualise the field of study, examine a range of techniques from electronic music, and to suggest ways they can be applied to acoustic music composition, with reference to existing works and my original composition, Pivot.

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