Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap
Date: Mon Jul 19 2004 - 15:02:31 EDT

Quoting Dennis Bathory-Kitsz <>:

> At 07:34 AM 7/19/04 -0400, Kevin Austin wrote:
> >They may not know the word or the label 'electroacoustic', but I
> >imagine they are continuously aware of the presence of the
> >loudspeaker.
> That sounds awfully much like Mormons and the conversion of dead
> folks to Mormonism. Or maybe Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme discovering
> that he spoke prose. Or that academic music is... oops, better
> not go there. :)
> Dennis

One's reluctance to be defined does not obligate others not to use the

In any case, not to play peacemaker too much, but it seems to me
'electroacoustic' like any other qualitative term can have multiple
coexiting definitions, some of which overlap. It's not the term's fault
if people disagree over a precise definition; it just requires
additional effort to ensure clarity of meaning.

"Electro-acoustic" refers to a musical style (or three or four) just as
much as it does a compositional technique, as well as to a generic,
broadly-inclusive categorization of medium. Like "Musique Concrete" or
even a term like "Classical," saying there's only one fixed definition
we must all acknowledge is pretty absurd.

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