Re: Virtual Concerto

Subject: Re: Virtual Concerto
From: Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 07:35:17 EDT

My 2 cents, if someone cares...

A really open definition that lives and let live:

Noise is undesired music.
Music is desired noise.

Contextual, non-ethnocentric, paradoxical, a bit of Zen... I'm happy
with it.

>> Another question... is a message or some kind of intent essential to
>> music?
> Does one attribute 'intention' to the taste of food? the rainbow? the
> sunset? Is the three-day old child aware of 'intention'?

If I remember my communication theory, there is, since the 50s, a
emitter and receiver responsibility in the communication of a message.
So both answers to the quoted question are right, for both sides of the
message. Therefor, four possibilities arise

composer cares - listener cares
composer doesn't care - listener cares

And that is on every lever we can imagine. In symphonic poem, the
message is a story, but in serial music, most composer would like you
to hear the row evolving...

To be honest, I try as a composer to find back my naive hearing...
without playing the Cage wild-card of 'composer doesn't care'.

Pierre Alexandre

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