The purpose of this book is not to provide a scientific scrutiny of genres, but to make an overview of the important musical practices utilized by music composers, from the 70s until now. This involves also techniques which were never used to be part
of the compositional practice in the past, such as video, installation and conceptual. The view is this of the composer, although emphasis is given to the historical evolution of these practices. Under this scope, this book can be characterized as
a handbook with all the essentials a composition student should know providing arguments and examples from the repertoire. Therefore, it fulfills a pedagogical purpose as well, but certainly people with no formal music education who are interested
in new music can read it. Some of the chapters include extended historical reports, others theoretical, but all include extended reports to composers and selected works- mostly living. In order for the reader to experience the book in full, listening
to a big part of this repertoire is suggested.
Composers’ reinterpretation of Conceptual Art
Found objects that make found sounds.
Extended Instrumental Techniques
Video and Music
Aesthetic approaches: The gesture
Aesthetic approaches: The noise
The texture nowadays
The use of tradition in 21st century music: an
What is complexity
The use of random
Tonal music in the 21st century
Dr. Emmanouil Ekmektsoglou
Manolis Ekmektsoglou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied composition at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and the University of York (PhD). He also spent a year at Hannover Musikhochschule studying acoustic and electronic music. He is an Assistant Professor of Instrumental and Electronic Composition at the Istanbul Technical University, Department of Composition and Sonic Arts, Center for Advanced Study in Music (M.I.A.M.).
Manolis participated in the “Labor Beethoven 2017-2020” project, funded and organized by the Berlin Academy of the Arts. He received the third prize in the Karol Szymanowski composition competition 2023 with the work Motion, in Two, for solo violin.
His pieces have been performed by many ensembles in several festivals. Musical Practices in the Contemporary World is his first book, where he tries to sum up what has happened in New Music after the 70s, making meaningful connections with the past and providing suggestions from the contemporary repertoire.