Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Creative Arts


Electroacoustic composers have developed a variety of approaches to the use of space within music. Relatively recent technological and scientific advancements have augmented synthesised space with the promise of verisimilitude: the sensation of spatially authentic audible reality. How does this promise correspond to musical concerns?

The thesis develops a new perspective in which composers' interest in spatial verisimilitude is characterised as more concerned with auditory illusion, than with notions of space. This perspective describes a departure from past compositional engagement with isolated spatial parameters, and signals a movement towards the pursuit of realistic illusion within music. The exploration of this pursuit, and its significant technological mediation, highlights fundamental and complex tensions that affect spatial music composition.



Unless otherwise indicated, the views expressed in this thesis are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Wollongong.