Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap
From: Michael Gogins (
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 23:28:14 EDT

Possibly another useful distinction is called for: between universal
computers and other computers. The programmable digital computer or personal
computer is a universal computer in that it can compute anything that can be
computed, given enough time and memory. A modular synthesizer can compute
many sounds, but it cannot predict the weather or translate (however poorly)
Russian into English.

Computer music is music that is programmed on universal computers. This
means the only stylistic limits are the ones in your own head.

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Nowak" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 9:14 PM
Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap to frap

> On Aug 5, 2004, at 8:43 PM, wrote:
> > Quoting John Nowak <>:
> >
> > 60 -> cycle~ -> dac~
> > cv -> oscillator -> VCA
> > I dunno, you tell me.
> You can set the pitch of an oscillator on any synthesizer... that's not
> surprising. That's what they do.
> Say I have a table of data... perhaps the temperatures at major cities
> around the world, every hour for the past month. I want to perhaps use
> the temperature of each city to control a different parameter...
> perhaps parameters like pitch, grain size, traversal rate, and panning.
> I can map city temperature data to parameters.. perhaps the capital of
> each country becomes the pitch, and the further away from the capital
> you are, the less significant parameter you are assigned for that
> country's sonic representation. Maybe I could map the sounds onto a 3D
> sphere where the countries are located, and as the virtual world turns
> around, sounds would move around your head.
> I can write a program to do that using Max... along with some lovely 3D
> visuals. You cannot do that on your synthesizer, be it a Buchla or an
> FM7. You do not even have a way to deal with the data whatsoever. Why?
> Because you can't write programs on a Buchla.
> Making a patch for a Buchla or an FM7 is NOT programming... period.
> There is little to no ambiguity here. If you think using your FM7 means
> you are programming, you are deluding yourself.
> - John Nowak

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