Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 18:08:42 EDT

Writing a Max/MSP patch is programming in every sense of the word.

Original Message:
From: lawrence casserley
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 22:06:14 +0100
Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

On 5 Aug, 2004, at 20:37, wrote:

>> The question of the FM algorithm is on two levels. Certainly you are
>> correct in that both the computer musician and the synthesizer
>> musician
>> have chosen the algorithm, and taken responsibility for its use.
>> However,
>> the computer musician is responsible for the implementation of the
>> algorithm, while the synthesizer musician is not. That is a deeper
>> level of
>> responsibility, but of course that in turn says nothing about the
>> artistic
>> quality of the result.
> Then you're drawing a very subjective line at what consititutes
> creating
> 'computer music.' Is someone who designs their own voices on a DX7
> creating 'computer music?' Even with its fixed algorithms and limited
> parameters, there's little doubt that that some level of programming is
> happening (especially if you've ever had to use the beast). I can't
> use
> C++ to program an MSP plug-in, but I can create a mean Max/MSP patch
> using the objects that come stock with the application. Modern
> technology has blurred the line between someone doing hard programming
> and someone punching stock buttons; there's way too much middle ground
> to rely on false dichotomies.
> --Ryan.
Exactly - now let's talk about the music! ;-)>


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