Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap


Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap
From: lawrence casserley (leo@chiltern.demon.co.uk)
Date: Wed Jul 21 2004 - 15:47:44 EDT


On 21 Jul, 2004, at 19:43, David Mooney wrote:

> 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

I really believe that a lot of the problem is that the medium opens up
so many possibilities, and that is the reason so many people get
involved, making so many different kinds of music. I know I keep on
saying "so many", but that is deliberate. Our current international
culture (for those who can afford to join it [that is another _big_
issue in world politics!]) makes so many (yes, that phrase again!)
experiences and influences available. No two people will have the same
combination of these, so no two people will make the same kind of
music.

Of course this has always been so, but the current diversity of
experience (I mean by this not lots of different distinct cultures, but
one big culture with so many different experiences available) makes
this situation inevitable; and the internet exagerates this even more.
In the days when most of us never left the same village (not so long
ago), we would keep on making very similar sorts of music. Now it is
different! I have performed on several continents, and so have many
others.

Fundamentally, it doesn't matter that we all mean something different
by terms like 'electronic', 'acousmatic', 'electroacoustic', etc. music
- the great thing is that we can all talk about it here. More important
than that is that we can all learn from each others' different
experiences - really those 'academic' and 'commercial' musicians are
pretty rare; we are all somewhere inbetween, trying our hardest to make
the music that is most important to us (and probably trying to make a
living as well!) - what you call it is pretty peripheral.

Electroacoustic music is what you want it to be! Enjoy!!

Best

L

Lawrence Casserley - lawrence@lcasserley.co.uk
Lawrence Electronic Operations - www.lcasserley.co.uk
Colourscape Music Festivals - www.colourscape.org.uk



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