Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Fri Jul 02 2004 - 08:43:00 EDT

At 07:22 02/07/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>I agree with most of what you say here. However, I think that high or fine
>art (which is what, in my view, you're talking about) affects popular art
>profoundly, and more than the other way round. Example: everyone uses
>Western common practice tonality, never dreamed of in popular music in the
>middle ages or Renaissance before its use in art/church music.

A lot of dance is actually atonal. Not in the serial sense, obviously, but
it's an exaggeration to say that all of it is based on standard tonality.

>Example: everyone records on computers, which were invented by computer
>music guys,
>part of the classical avant-garde.

I'm sure I've heard people playing instruments live too.

No - wait - must be my imagination playing up again. ;-)

I always thought the first hard disk recording systems were commercial not
academic projects. The Synclavier is the earliest one I can think of,
definitely in its post-Dartmouth big commercial company days.

Am I wrong?

>This has a big effect on popular music style.But the influence does go
>both ways: backbeats creeping into art
>music. One can hope, probabably futilely, that some sort of swing could
>saunter into some sort of art music.

If only for a few bars, before switching back to 7/16 over 23/8, punctuated
by random grain clouds.


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