Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: John Nowak (
Date: Wed Jun 30 2004 - 21:49:26 EDT

On Jun 30, 2004, at 5:15 PM, wrote:

> Large stretches of Aparanthesi by John Oswald, a masterpiece of music,
> contain no pitches (or only middle C), no harmonies, and no detectable
> rhythms.

Well I didn't say it would detect ALL music. My music is atonal and
arrhythmic usually.

> Similarly walking down the street in a city late Saturday night will
> produce a stream of noise that contains pitches, harmonies, and
> detectable
> rhythms but this is not music. Noise that contains snatches of music
> is not
> music.
> But somebody might be able to take this noise and make music of it.
> 4'33" which is arguably music has no definite contents at all.

Keep in mind, I was just speaking to your question here. Do I think you
can write a program which can tell Bach from a blender? Yes. Can you
write something which can tell all "music" from all "non-music"?
Obviously not.

- John

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