Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap
From: David Mooney (
Date: Wed Jul 21 2004 - 14:43:06 EDT

"Some people call it experimental music. I don't. I know
exactly what I'm doing."
--Harry Partch

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz wrote:
> After the demise of, many of us had been looking for good places to
> present out material. One of the interesting-looking new places was Hydro
> Records, a self-submission sort of site. I posted numerous electroacoustic
> pieces to the 'electronic' category.>
> Not long afterward, the site manager had moved them all to the
> 'experimental' category. Electronic music, he told me, was a popular genre
> and had nothing to do with experimental music.

In my youth, "electronic music" used to mean what some of
the not-Kevin folks on CEC are using "electroacoustic" to
mean. It seems we need some terminology for
electronic/electroacoustical STYLES of music that relate to
content and/or form. Sound art, soundscape, text-based,
acousmatic (another Pandora's box!), etc. Conceivably,
however, these styles may not use electronics. Would seals
squonking bicycle horns be a form of sound art? Oh, wait a
minute--we need a frame around that.

David Mooney

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