Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 09:30:46 EDT

The key, as I said before, is if the algorithms used to implement the work
of art are the responsibility of the artist.

You are not a computer artist if you use a word processor, because you do
not have tools on your PC for writing word processors. To use a word
processor is not to program it. You are a computer artist if you use a
travesty generator because it has user-controlled parameters and inputs --
you are programming it.

There is a grey area because of course word processors are programmable to
some extent with macros, but usually the use of macros is not instrumental
to the artistic product.

The term "computer" is ambiguous because it blurs the distinction between
using algorithms (running software) and creating algorithms (writing
software). Properly speaking, computer art involves both writing software
and then running it.

The essential distinction is whether the same work of art could have been
produced without the creator writing any software or doing any programming.

Original Message:
From: Rick Nance
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 13:19:23 +0100
Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

So novelists are "computer novelists" if they use word processing
software? and maybe an online thesauris?


lawrence casserley 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?
> L
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Rick Nance
De  Montfort University
Leicester, UK

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