This essay examines Ilmar Laaban’s “Ciel Inamputable” in the context of developing text-sound composition in Sweden during the 1960s and spectral analysis. Laaban’s improvisatory work is analyzed using primary source material and a “theory of oppositions” as codified by American music theorist Robert Cogan. The essay connects the scientific work of the Fylkingen language group to research in spectral analysis and linguistics directly to Laaban’s text-sound work. This is the first study to examine Laaban’s work using the technique of spectral analysis and one of the few essays in English to look in-depth at Laaban’s “Ciel Inamputable.”
At the Border of Poetry and Music
Paul Beaudoin, PhD, is an interdisciplinary artist with global recognition. His scholarly publications have covered the work of John Cage, Gyorgy Ligeti, Morton Feldman, Milton Babbitt, and Robert Rauschenberg. Beaudoin is a frequent public speaker on contemporary art and music—particularly centering the American avant-garde after World War II. Beaudoin was the assistant editor of Music in the USA: A Documentary Companion (Oxford University Press, 2008), and his music is widely available on several labels. Originally from the United States, Dr. Beaudoin now lives in Tallinn, Estonia.
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Paul Beaudoin; At the Border of Poetry and Music. Resonance 1 December 2022; 3 (4): 364–378. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/res.2022.3.4.364
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