RE: Solo ea

Subject: RE: Solo ea
Date: Tue Feb 08 2005 - 11:49:50 EST

I'm sure this has an enormous effect.

Writers and visual artists have usually worked solo. Film directors
obviously work with a team larger and looser than a band.

Working solo makes the composer the performer. All the nuances of
performance go out the window and are replaced by new ones, cruder but
perhaps freer.

Working solo enables the composer to do things that would throw bands for a
loop. The composer can suddenly change style or direction without having to
explain how to play the piece. On the other hand the composer is more

The social/celebratory aspects of musical performance are missed by many.

It will take a long time for all the implications of this to emerge.

The composer in the kind of computer music I do does not work totally
alone, but frequently borrows instrument code, samples, and so on. But
still, I am in a room by myself listening to speakers.

Original Message:
From: Kevin Austin
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2005 11:20:48 -0500
Subject: Solo ea

In my reading I have noted the lack of commentary on much ea art as
being solo in nature, when compared to traditional musics / (sound
arts). A string quartet requires 4 or 5 people (if the composer is
not one of the performers), and choral / orchestral works call
together many people (at the last stages of the composition >
performance structure).

This could be compared to the ea (sound art) composer where the
assistance occurs before the piece is completed (equipment, hardware
and software), but then almost all phases of composition /
presentation are the responsibility of the single person. (Exceptions
being cases such as the old european model of the composer in the
studio with technicians / assistants.)

To what extent does this "front-loading" of the compositional process
have an effect on what the composer does (or can do)?



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