Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 08:15:51 EDT

At 12:39 05/08/2004 +0100, you wrote:

>On 24 Jul, 2004, at 19:14, John Nowak wrote:
>>In my opinion, "computer music" is music made with user-programable,
>>general purpose devices.
>OTOH, most digital synthesis algorithms (eg FM, acoustic modelling, etc)
>were developed first on general purpose computers as computer music
>techniques. Manufacturers then made dedicated chips to produce those
>algorithms more efficiently and cheaply, but they are still computer music
>techniques. The main difference is the reduction in generality and
>flexibility of control, which is there on a gp computer. Does that then
>make it no longer a computer technique?

In a sense no, because it's the gpness of computer music and its
experimental nature that makes it computer music as opposed to just synthesis.

Not that these things have hard edges, but there is a clear stream in the
electronic arts of creating/innovating/exploring new techniques, which is
distinct to using them after they've settled into the mainstream.


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