Re: Virtual Concerto

Subject: Re: Virtual Concerto
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 12:13:03 EDT

Michael Rempel wrote:

>I guess what I am saying is that databases CAN be an analytical tool to help
>researchers explore what stuff musically hangs together as a first step.
db's are useful to TEST analytical tools. Whatever 'hangs together'
isn't something that the
db knows anything about, and there aren't any "tools" for testing "what
hangs together" -- that
must be based either on your theory or your subjective impressions.

>To use an analogy your general approach is the intellectual equivalent of
>additive synthesis.
That would suggest starting from some atomic unit and building up, which
doesn't resonate
here - I'm very involved with top/down bottom/up schematization, for
instance. The basic
complexity in music, even in simple tunes, is that they aren't linear
phenomena, but rather massively
parallel -- with many levels of interconnection, reflection, with both
global and local pattern
hierarchies. It's a very hard problem.

-- eliot

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