Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 19:24:27 EDT wrote:

>For example, David Cope's experiments in musical intelligence have now
>composed music in the styles of various composers (such as Chopin) that I,
>at least, could not tell from the original for as long as 6 or 8 bars. But
>this is indubitably computer music.

To the extent that it was all composed by machine. But to what extent
that's true is
a matter I'm reflecting on in a review coming up for CMJ. Incidentally I
don't find these
pieces successful as style studies -- the chopin stuff, eg, doesn't
sound at all chopinesque to me in
its writing, rhythm, harmony, etc. And too many things happen of a kind
that can't be found in
Chopin, so the compositions could not be strictly based on "underlying
models." I discussed this with
Cope himself some summers ago and he admitted to auxilliary rules. At
any rate the
metaphysics involved in trying to define "machine composition" would
seem to require radical expansion
if they are to accomodate ad-hoc rule-ism and reject a uselessly general

-- eliot


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