Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap


Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: John Oliver (joliver@earsay.com)
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 01:29:58 EDT


On Jun 30, 2004, at 1:10 PM, John Nowak wrote:

> 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).

Maybe you mean 'bad' academic music. Is Yves Daoust's music 'academic'
because he now teaches at the Conservatoire de Montreal? I don't think
he did in 1979. Perhaps it might be more interesting to talk about what
you like or don't like and give reasons, rather than make
generalisations about genre? Do you like Aphex Twin better than Yves
Daoust? (Both are electroacoustic.) If so, tell why. (Just an example.)

The definition of "electroacoustic music" is not a matter of taste.
It's not much of a definition to say "that dry intellectual stuff is
'electroacoustic' and this intense stuff that blows me away
is...um...not." Is the Austrian group called Granular Synthesis "not
electroacoustic" because it's relentless, intense, visceral, and
dangerously loud?

> 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
> "electroacoustic". http://johnnowak.com

I listened to the first track on your web site. Your music is
electroacoustic. See my definition again. ea is an umbrella term. You
may want to give what you do some genre name. That's a popular thing to
do. "Algorithmic music" would be a technical description. Or you may
just want to call it John Nowak's music. (That's what I'd do, and let
those with more time on their hands spend their time trying to invent
other descriptive [marketing] categories.)

Speaking of time. I've run out of that...

Cheers!
John Oliver



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