Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: Eric Lyon (
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 19:10:33 EDT

On Jul 1, 2004, at 6:40 PM, John Nowak wrote:

> RDJ has a history of lying in interviews.

What serious artist doesn't?

> I wouldn't take anything that guy says too seriously. If you haven't
> noticed by now, I'm not a big Aphex fan. ;-)

>> Perhaps this idea is an extreme form of nostalgia for the modernist
>> insistence on originality at all cost?
> Personally as an artist, I can't understand how someone can be an
> artist and not try to put originality ahead of (or at least not
> behind) anything else.

Aphex Twin would agree with you. He once said in an interview that his
only rule for himself is that his tracks have to be original. Of course
he was probably lying :)

Actually it's in a particular historical period/practice where
originality becomes a fetish - late 19th through 20th century western
art music. But intent and outcome are two different matters. You can be
trying hard to be original, and be maybe different in some sense (e.g.
Antheil) yet perhaps not in a deep way. Or you could could care less
about originality per se and still be wildly original (J. S. Bach). I
value originality as a consumer of music, and depth as a creator of
music (i.e. music I can return to with pleasure after having heard it a
thousand times).

> As a listener/viewer, I feel the same way, especially with music.
> There is simply so much music out there nowadays, often freely
> available, that unless something is "new", I can't be bothered
> listening to it. Now I'm exaggerating a bit to make my point, but I
> think with the amount of information overload we all experience in
> today's society, its more relevant to focus on "new" rather than
> additional versions of the unfathomable amount of artwork that we
> already have. I'm more interested in revolutionary, rather than
> evolutionary... except perhaps when it comes to the Porsche 911. Damn,
> I love that car.

It's a noble aspiration and I'm not going to knock it.


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