RE: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: RE: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
From: Mauricio Duarte-Neira (039166d) (
Date: Thu Jul 22 2004 - 07:54:24 EDT

Anything that plays digitally can be considered computer music?
Or computer music would be computer generated and manipulated sound/silence, etc...?
what about a computer that has an AI to make up melodies giving it the chords, will that be computer music?
What if I take a bunch of computers and hit them as a drum set, can I call that computer music too? :)
(Does anyone know of a program that can figure out melodies given the chords? I believe the latest "Band in a box" can do that. I Would like to see how it does it).


From: on behalf of Stephen David Beck
Sent: Wed 7/21/2004 6:56 PM
Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap

I didn't say that there was no _need_ for the term "computer music." I
was arguing that the term has lost its meaning in our contemporary
context. It will always retain its historical meaning.

There's so much {DSP/phase vocoder/spectral shaping/you name it} in pop
music these days, it's impossible to say that pop music isn't "computer
music." But clearly, the "computer music" of Beyonce or Britney Spears
is not the computer music of Charles Dodge, John Pierce or John

We are simply unable to apply a 1960's definition to a 21st century
context. Our language must catch up to our art.

On Jul 21, 2004, at 4:27 PM, wrote:

> Just because most music people now listen to is made using computers,
> that
> by no means implies there is no need for the term "computer music."
> There is still a huge difference between the stylistic possibilities
> open
> to music made with computers versus music not so made. Therefore, music
> historians of the future will need this term to adequately deal with
> the
> changes in music after 1958, even if all the music they listen to in
> their
> own time is made with computers and not called "computer music" by the
> general public or even contemporary critics.

Stephen David Beck, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Laboratory for Creative Arts & Technologies
Center for Computation and Technology (CCT)
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Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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