Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 09:22:52 EDT

I think Nowak's point, with which I agree, is that if the musician has
responsibility for the algorithms, it is computer music. A digital
algorithm burned into a PROM is no longer the responsibility of the
musician. A csound instrument implementing exactly the same algorithm is
the responsibility of the musician - he or she has the ability to change
it, even if that choice is not taken.

A better term would be "software music" or "programmable music."

Original Message:
From: lawrence casserley
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 12:39:02 +0100
Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

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?


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