Espacialização musical
: a Banda Sonora de "Bom Dia, Alegria!"

  • Manuel João de Almeida Costeira e Sousa Mendes (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Space, time and sound are paradigm connected to human condiction. Soundscape that around us, arrives all over the place, and the brain has capacity with physical phenomenal to realize exactly where comes an particular sound, even if not in visual contact with the sound source. Being so natural to man this notion of "sound space" was also the application of natural spatial sound in artistic expression where the sound is critical. The music would be the first artistic expression which consciously one would think a piece that offers the spectator a distinct feeling from the usual concert space. In Cinema, the first film where the sound spatialization was used more often called surround, was in "Fantasia " Walt Disney (1941). ! The orchestra responsible to make the sound to the film was divided into four sections, and captured four independent tracks, which were later reproduced in four different speakers. In music, the spatial distribution is a subject debated since long ago. Already in year of 1600 Giovanni Gabrieli, Venetian musician and principal organist of St. Mark's Basilica, arranged several musicians for several points of the basilica, playing musical compositions of his own composition, which created especially to be played in the basilica. This is the basic concept of spatial and shows that, as mentioned above, early musicians and composers are struggling with this issue. Boulez, for example, composed "Répons". This is a very important part in the study of spatialization, where the central object is an orchestra, and around it is the audience. Spread across six distinct points are different instrumentalists soloists who, captured by microphones are processed in real time and played in different room spaces. This piece "forced" to software development and specific hardware to achieve them. The spatialization of the "Bom dia, Alegria!" soundtrack, results of the study of the relationship between auditory perception, the acoustic space and the art of music, thus giving rise to this dissertation.
Date of Award2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorPaulo Ferreira Lopes (Supervisor)


  • Spatialization
  • Music
  • Spatial music
  • Musical composition
  • Soundtrack
  • Sound perception


  • Mestrado em Som e Imagem

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