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Electroacoustic Terminology and Translations


This list began as a brief reference page linked to the SONUS call for works to explain the general breadth of work admissible to SONUS. Corrections, updates and additions to this list are invited.


More than one term per language is fine. Include explanations to specific terms where necessary in brackets. Feel free to add terms in a language not included below.


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Français: acousmatique

Deutsch: Acousmatische Musik

Portugese: Acusmática

Italiano: Acusmatica

Español: Acusmatica


Audio Art

Français: art audio

Deutsch: Hörkunst

Portugese: Arte audio

Italiano: Arte Audio

Español: Arte Sonoro


Computer Music

Français: musique par ordinateur

Deutsch: Computermusik

Portugese: Música por computador

Italiano: Musica da Computer; musica al calcolatore

Español: Musica por ordenador


Digital Musics. Also Microsound, or lower case sound

Français: musique numérique

Deutsch: Digitale Musik

Portugese: Música digital, microsom





Français: électroacoustique

Deutsch: Ein elektroakustisches Werk. (This is very uncommon, typically electroacoustic is used as an adjective and is almost always accompanied by “Musik”.)

Portugese: Electroacústica

Italiano: Elettroacustica

Español: Electro-acustica


Electroacoustic Music

Français: musique électroacoustique

Deutsch: Elektroakustische Musik (also Elektronische Musik)

Portugese: Música electrocústica

Italiano: Musica Elettroacustica

Español: Musica Electro-acustica


Fixed Media

Français: support fixe

Deutsch: fest gespeichert or vorproduziert

Portugese: Meio fixo, or media fixo

Italiano: Media Fissi



Live electronics

Français: musique électronique live

Deutsch: Live-Elektronik

Portugese: Electrónica ao vivo

Italiano: Elettronica dal Vivo

Español: Electronica en vivo (Electronica en directo)


Mediatic Sound



Portugese: Som mediático




Mixed instrument and live electronics

Français: pièce pour instrument et temps-réel

Deutsch: für Instrument und Live-Elektronik

Portugese: Vários instrumentos e electrónica ao vivo

Italiano: Strumenti Misti ed Elettronica dal Vivo

Español: Instrumento/s y electronica en vivo


Mixed instrument and tape

Français: pièce mixte pour instrument et bande

Deutsch: für Instrument und Tonband

Portugese: Vários instrumentos e fita

Italiano: Strumenti e Nastri Misti

Español: Instrumento/s y cinta


Musique concrète

Français: musique concrète

Deutsch: Konkrete Musik (although the French term musique concrète is usually used)

Portugese: Música concreta

Italiano: Musica Concreta

Español: Musica Concreta


Radio Art

Français: œuvre radiophonique, art radiophonique

Deutsch: Radiokunst

Portugese: Arte radiofónica

Italiano: Arte Radiofonico

Español: Arte Radiofonico



Français: radiophonique

Deutsch: Radiophones Werk

Portugese: Radiofónica

Italiano: Radiofonica

Español: Radiofonico


Sonic Art

Français: art sonore

Deutsch: Klangkunst

Portugese: Arte sonora

Italiano: Arte sonico ; arte sonica

Español: Arte Sonoro



Français: paysage sonore; environnement sonore

Deutsch: Klanglandschaft

Portugese: Paisagem sonora

Italiano: paesaggio sonoro

Español: Paisaje Sonoro



Français: musique de film

Deutsch: Soundtrack

Portugese: Banda sonora

Italiano: Colonna Sonora

Español: banda sonora



Français: marche sonore, exploration sonore, déambulation sonore

Deutsch: Hörspaziergang

Portugese: Passeio sonoro


Español: Paseo sonoro / jornada sonora?









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