Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 12:10:39 EDT

At 16:03 30/06/2004 -0400, you wrote:

>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.

Nope. That assumes a sub-set of musical experience. You can check for
*certain styles*. But not at all music has pitch, harmony or rhythm. Some
has none of them.

>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.

True, but there are reasons why people like what they like and feel
threatened by music they don't like. If it were only about sound it would
be simple, but music - any music - is as much about signifiers of social
and personal identity as it is about the noise it makes.

It's impossible, so far as I can tell, to create a music that's completely
divorced from all social and cultural contexts and expectations, with
absolutely no reference to existing procedures of creation, performance and

Such a thing, if someone managed it, would be very interesting.


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