Otoacoustic Emissions as a Compositional Tool
Jonathon Kirk, Eastern Illinois University Department of Music
This paper describes various compositional attempts at initiating otoacoustic emissions through electronic music composition. Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) are sounds that arise in the inner ear and which are related to the process of amplification in the cochlea. While the physiological processes involved with OAEs are not entirely understood, scientists now have a better comprehension of how they work within the inner ear. This paper will provide a basic overview of OAEs along with their compositional applications by assessing particular works of Maryanne Amacher, Jacob Kirkegaard, and Phill Niblock.