Re: The word timbre: origins

Subject: Re: The word timbre: origins
From: Ian Stewart (
Date: Thu Sep 30 2004 - 16:33:17 EDT

I've lost the beginnings of this thread, so I don't know who I'm responding

 --->>> I think that this is where I have always had some difficulty with
Schaeffer, and with spectromorphology -- the attempt to define the limits of
spectrum without a corresponding (and simultaneous) examination of gesture.

 -->I think this was a very damaging idea. In reality *all* sounds are like
this. You're not going to find a genuinely steady timbral state anywhere
outside of a quartz-locked waveform generator. <--

I don't know what this has to do with spectromorphology, which is entirely
about how the spectrum changes over time (that's the 'morphology' bit).
Smalley discusses gesture at length in, e.g., 'Spectromorphology and
Structuring Processes'. best,


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