Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
From: John Nowak (
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 20:19:06 EDT

> On Aug 5, 2004, at 4:53 PM, Richard Wentk wrote:

>> At 15:37 05/08/2004 -0400, wrote:
>> And yet, if all the computer is doing is analyzing prior works and
>> mathematically determining new ones, resulting in a printed page of
>> music, I'm willing to be that everything could be done (much, much
>> more
>> slowly) by hand. The computer ultimately is irrelevent to the work
>> aside from speeding up the process. So basically you're calling it
>> 'Computer Music' just because it's done faster by a computer.
> No, because it's the algorithm used in the analysis that matters.
> The fact that you couldn't do it by hand - because it would take too
> long - is exactly the point.
> I could sit here with a calculator and calculate sine samples, file
> them to an ancient mag tape drive (if I had one) and then play it back
> through a DAC. But that's not a practical way to make music.

Exactly. Computers exist to make things go faster. If we couldn't do it
manually, we couldn't program it in the first place. I have no idea
what point torchia is trying to make. I can only hope that he/she is a
student at Buffalo, and not a professor. Sorry for the rudeness... just
one too many crazy comments in a row.

- John Nowak

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