Re: speech, modelling, whither poesie?


Subject: Re: speech, modelling, whither poesie?
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Sat Jun 05 2004 - 23:07:50 EDT


> At least with academic computer music, 95% of the composers are
>mathematicians, electrical engineers, computer scientists, or
>something similar. Sometimes (sometimes), the music reflects their
>backgrounds a little too much for some (some) people.

Is this problematic? A guitar-playing song writer also reflects their
background. Song-writers often write about their backgrounds,
interests and experiences. Soundscapes and radiophonic artists also
often write from their backgrounds and experiences. Is it problematic
that they don't write tunes like Chopin and Schuman (William I
presume)?

In my experience, the music of Mozart et al sounds like it has a
point to it if the listener has grown up in the western tonal music
tradition, and the 'code' has been absorbed at an early age -- it is
then considered 'normal', and is 'understandable'.

For ea, this was a much larger problem 30 (and more) years ago when
most of the sounds that now are freely part of the vocabulary were
heard as "outer space sound effects".

A historical example of "academic music" would be the Bach Cello
Suites which were not played in concert until Casals promoted them as
having 'concert value', 200 years after they had been composed.

Best

Kevin



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