Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 16:23:26 EDT

John Oliver wrote:

> The definition of "electroacoustic music" is not a matter of taste.

I'm not up to expressing long views at the moment, but may I register
complete and total disagreement with any musical perspective which
thinks it can be placed above taste. The only way around this that I
can think of is to empty the term of any associations or meanings we
might feel inclined to ascribe to it, in which case you're not saying
at all. I disagree that "ea" -- a term which never fails to remind me of
the fake westinghouse robot at the 1939 world's fair -- has any use
other than as a political device for favoring one kind of music over
And if someone thinks that "ea" doesn't describe the kind of music they
then there's perhaps a fruitful distinction to be drawn out of that
rather than clobbering that distinction with your umbrella.

-- eliot

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