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 - 20:58:20 EDT

On Aug 5, 2004, at 3:37 PM, wrote:

> 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?'

No, of course not. Duran Duran are not computer musicians.

> 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).

Well of course there is some programming. There's also programming when
I set the clock on my alarm. I can set it to go off at a certain time,
and then when it goes off, I can make a "compositional choice" as you
say... sleep, or snooze? 60 minutes or 10? Interactive performance!
Inside the clock is a computer. Am I making computer music? Obviously
not. Setting parameters for fixed algorithms is quite different from
writing your own program.

- John Nowak

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