A Study of the Information Seeking Needs and Behaviors of Composers of Electro-Acoustic Music in American Universities

by Hunter, Benjamin A.

Abstract (Summary)
This study is a qualitative, investigative study into the information seeking behaviors and needs of composers of electro-acoustic music. These composers have interdisciplinary information needs that range from music to computer science to mathematics and beyond. Throughout the paper, basic concepts and trends in the field of electro-acoustic music are clarified for the reader. In addition to a literature review, interviews were conducted with five composers. These interviews focused on information needs that come about as a direct result of composing as well how the subjects stayed connected with others in the field. Based on the interviews, the development of an information seeking model was deemed to be an insufficient way to represent the complex creative process that goes into the creation of a work of electro-acoustic music. Six recommendations are put forth for information professionals interested in better serving this community.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Philip Vandermeer

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:information needs seeking behavior musicians composers


Date of Publication:11/11/2005

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