Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: John Nowak (
Date: Wed Jun 30 2004 - 16:10:14 EDT

On Jun 30, 2004, at 3:47 PM, John Oliver wrote:

> acoustic music = produced by sounding bodies
> electroacoustic = produced with the aid of electroacoustic
> "instruments"

That's what it is, essentially. Of course it has plenty of things tied
to it. For example, "noise" music is very rarely pure noise blasting at
you all day long. It has certain expectations tied to it, and it often
means different things to different people.

In my mind, electoacoustic music means academic sounding music. Usually
a bit dry, not very high speed or intense, often fairly restrained,
making use of certain techniques (granular synthesis, cellular
automata, etc), etc. And although I'm hesitant to make such a claim...
often lacking any significant emotion, and more focused on intellectual
involvement (not that I have a problem with that).

My music is done entirely with computers and done entirely via
algorithmic means, requires active "intellectual" listening (or so I
think anyway), yet I doubt anyone would classify it as

- John

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