Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
From: lawrence casserley (
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 12:08:26 EDT

On 5 Aug, 2004, at 14:30, wrote:

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

On 5 Aug, 2004, at 13:15, Richard Wentk wrote:

> 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.
Which is really at the heart of all this discussion, isn't it? Where
does "creating/innovating/exploring new techniques" end and
"mainstream" begin? And are creative and innovative things still being
done with it even then? And does the technical exploration make it what
it is?

Fundamentally, I agree with you; I like to think that that is an
important aspect of the music. And this isn't just about computers; I
like art that tries to break new ground in one sense or another; I tend
to get bored with "mainstream" art. But of course, being good at
technical development doesn't make you a good composer; and not being
good at technical development doesn't make you a good composer either!

I don't think i've invented any new algorithms (certainly not synthesis
ones), but I do put things together in my own ways, and I've certainly
come up with some ways of doing things that I haven't seen anyone else
do. Many people making electroacoustic music use programs like CSound
or Max or whatever, and I've heard some pretty non-mainstream music
made with commercial synthesisers/samplers, etc. so it's probably more
a matter of intent. what kind of music are you making and why? But that
doesn't get us any nearer a definition (if that's what we really
want!)...... I suspect that the attempt to do so may be distracting
from real artistic issues; it's always easier to talk about the
technicalities than the aesthetics.



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