Narrative in Acousmatic Music

Narrative in Acousmatic Music

Institution: MuTe

Years: 2010 - present


People: James Andean



James Andean’s doctoral research into narrative aspects of acousmatic music, including written research as well as a series of concerts combining original compositions with repertoire works.



  • Doctoral Thesis: Andean, James, “Towards an Acousmatic Narratology”. 2014.
  • Article: Andean, James, “Sound and Narrative: Acousmatic composition as artistic research”. Journal of Sonic Studies Vol.7, 2014.
  • Article: Andean, James, “The Musical/Narrative Dichotomy: Sweet Anticipation and some implications for acousmatic music”. Organised Sound, Vol. 15 #2. August 2010. Cambridge Journals.
  • Conference Proceedings: Andean, James, “The Musical and the Narrative in Acousmatic Music”. Finnish music research 100 years: proceedings of the celebrational symposium, 2011.
  • Conference presentation: “Towards  a Narratology of Acousmatic Music”, EMS14: Electroacoustic Music Beyond Concert Performance, Berlin, Germany.
  • Conference presentation: “Sound and Narrative: Acousmatic composition as artistic research”, 1st International Conference of the European Sound Studies Association, Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin, Germany. 2013.
  • Conference presentation: “Narrative Worlds in Acousmatic Music”, ‘Imagined Worlds: Worldmaking In Arts And Literature’ conference, University of Helsinki, Finland. 2013.
  • Conference presentation: “Approaches to Narrative in Acousmatic Music”, ‘From Tape to Typedef: Compositional Methods in Electroacoustic Music’ conference, University of Sheffield, UK. 2013.
  • Conference presentation: “The Musical and the Narrative in Acousmatic Music: A composition-based project of artistic research”, ISSSM2011, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Conference presentation: “Musical and Narrative Qualities in Acousmatic Music”, 100 Years of Musicological Scholarship in Finland celebration symposium, University of Helsinki, Finland. 2011.
  • First concert: “Canada-Finland”, 20.10.11
  • Second concert: “Convergences”, 12.11.12
  • Third concert: “Äänisäteitä”, 29.40.13
  • Fourth concert: “Liaisons & déchirures”, 12.02.14
  • Fifth concert: James Andean’s Final Doctoral Concert, 18.12.14