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Environmental music in the United States [background music]locked

  • Stuart Isacoff


Environmental music encompasses a broad category within which are several types of music, each serving different functions and inspired by different aesthetics. Two common uses of the term refer either to music that is intended as a pervading atmosphere rather than as an artistic expression to be listened to for its own sake; or music that purposefully incorporates natural sounds as compositional artifice....

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S. Sadie and J. Tyrell, eds.: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2/London, 2001)