Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: John Nowak (
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 17:15:05 EDT

On Jul 1, 2004, at 5:05 PM, Richard Wentk wrote:

> At 16:31 01/07/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>> I didn't say look at the photos, I said listen to the music. ;-)
>> I think Masami Akita is one of the very few people producing
>> unbelievable music while working in the context of a popular artist.
>> Yes he's probably moody and dramatic, and yes his site is devoted to
>> protesting KFC
> I sincerely hope that's sarcasm. :-)

I sincerely wish it was. Those birds are damn tasty.

>> ... but his music is spectacular in my opinion. He shows a very
>> strong understanding of sound on an intuitive level I believe.
> I won't argue - I'm not saying it's good or bad as such. But I still
> think it's Art Music, and fits into that category very neatly.

What's wrong with art music? ;-)

Anyway, I don't think Merzbow is emulating anyone. Many have emulated
him though... and always very poorly. I think if there is a single good
"noise" artist, it would be him. Although I do kind of find Cock ESP to
be pretty amusing...

Watch me kill any credibility I had left. ;-)

> I was wondering if it was possible to make music that doesn't just
> defy categories but makes absolutely no reference to them.

Probably not. The human brain is too good at fitting order to and
structure just about anything.

> It's the opposite of the post-modern idea of ironically (or perhaps
> cynically) sampling everything to the extent that all of it becomes
> meaningless.

So you don't like my Britney-based tunes, then?

- John

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