Robert Scott Thompson

Acousma: Electroacoustic Music

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Robert Scott Thompson has the unique ability to focus his energy in many different directions at the same time. (For a brief period in 2001, he was working on at least four CD projects in addition to his duties at Georgia State University.) He also has the ability to create quality music on short notice. And some of his projects span years. An acousma is "a form of auditory hallucination, a sensation of hearing imaginary sounds (also acouasm) or a nonverbal auditory hallucination such as ringing, buzzing or hissing." Acousma: Electroacoustic Music is a double-CD set that Thompson completed on commission from the Electronic Music Foundation. He also received support from Georgia State University, where he is an associate professor in their School of Music. He received the support as a faculty research grant. The 12 tracks on this set were created over the five-year period from 1997 to 2001, inclusive. Some of the tracks have appeared on other releases; others are unique to this set. Thompson has been a diverse and prolific performer in his 20-year career. He drew on that diversity to create this electro-computerized ambience. This is an excellent hybrid of Thompson's eclectic styles. It will appeal to ambient and avant-garde fans alike.