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French-born avant-garde composer Edger Varese(1883-1965) coined the phrase "organized sound" to distinguish his bold sonic experiment, which called for howling sirens and electronically taped ambient noises from conventional music. Many of his contemporaries would not have accepted his works as music at all. But Varese didn`t regard himself as an iconoclast. He traced his heritage to music`s ancient practices, and professed admiration for the music of the Gothic Middle Ages. This seems appropriate, for the medieval composers shared his view of music as a technical unfitting of sound. Unlike the nineteenth-century Romantics, they would have had no problem with a discussion of music in terms of acoustic frequencies and intensities, rather than in terms of particular emotions associated with them.