RE: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: RE: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Thu Jul 22 2004 - 20:37:11 EDT

At 16:37 22/07/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>At 03:01 PM 7/22/04 -0400, you wrote:
> >Forgive my bewilderment on the topic, but What is with this insatiable
> >need to invent a context-independent, quantifiable set of criteria for
> >what is or isn't 'Computer Music?'
>Hey, I used to go to record stores that actually had a "Computer Music"
>category... but that was 40 years ago... but now? Pffft. Just trying to
>stay out of the New Music Ghetto whenever I can.

I can think of at least - uhh - two stores that still have a computer music
category. ;)

I can understand a reluctance to call work 'computer music', but it doesn't
make any sense to me to pretend that categories of style and performance
practice don't exist, when they clearly do.

It would be a much more interesting world if there were more cross-over
between categories, among audiences, works and creators, but that doesn't
seem to be how it works in practice. I don't think it's possible to start
making that happen until you have some idea of how all the different
ghettoes work and what everyone involved expects from them.


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