Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: John Nowak (
Date: Wed Jun 30 2004 - 16:03:17 EDT

On Jun 30, 2004, at 1:15 PM, wrote:

> I doubt there is any mechanical procedure for examining a sound and
> deciding whether it is music or noise.

Sure there is. It is possible to detect pitches, check for harmonies,
do rhythm detection, etc.

> At the same time, I doubt that with
> the right training or attitude, any arbitrary specimen of sound can be
> heard as music

I disagree.

> context and expectation do enter into it.

Unfortunately people preconceptions often get the better of them. The
amount of rock fans for example that call rap music crap because it
doesn't meet their expectations is ridiculous. Neither is more
technically better or inherently aesthetically better than the other.
People like what they like... which is a shame.

> And you need a certain minimal taste and
> ability to even get started.

Depends on your method of composition and the type of music you are
producing. I'm not sure musical talent is needed to begin with, but a
creative mind is of course a necessity. If you're not interested in
being creative, you won't be.

- John

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