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A Symphony of Sound Images: Spatial composition strategies in Zhang Xiaofu’s Yarlung Zangbo

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 March 2023

Wang Xinyu
Affiliation:
Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, China. Email: wxymusictech@zjcm.edu.cn
Hu Ting*
Affiliation:
Shanghai International Studies University, China.

Abstract

Yarlung Zangbo is a multimedia symphony combining orchestra, visual images and electroacoustic music by one of China’s most internationally influential electroacoustic music composers, Zhang Xiaofu. This article focuses on the spatial aspects of Yarlung Zangbo. First, we discuss two different spatial composition preferences in electroacoustic music: image delivery and creation. We then divide the development of electroacoustic orchestral music into three different periods and examine the general spatial intention of the works in these periods. Finally, we analyse and identify four spatial composition strategies of Yarlung Zangbo: equity, virtuosity, diversity and unity. The successful utilisation of these strategies has not only made the piece a milestone in Chinese electroacoustic music, but also a unique and meaningful contribution to the electroacoustic music repertoire worldwide. We believe this article will provide valuable knowledge and insight for future research and practice of spatial composition.

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