Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Sat Feb 12 2005 - 21:33:19 EST

Eldad Tsabary wrote:

>Are you suggesting that as a general rule there is no passion, magic, or
>self-expression in the realization of an electroacoustic piece?

I gather the ideas I presented about post-humanity haven't resonated
very much here.

The only thing that I was saying about ea is that the soloistic aspect
of its
presentation isn't necessarily one of its very interesting aspects. It
would be more
interesting to question or challenge the nature of the individual
theoretically at the
center of expressive art. You could try to make this argument out of
the nature of
tech. I tried to do so by reference to our expanded sense of our own
idsentities -- that
every artwork is already a collaboration between a zillion factors. We
have a chance to
open things up in a new way.

>You referred to the idea of scoring and realizing an electroacoustic
>piece by two different people as "an example of trying to escape the
>problem of individual expression."
>I am not certain I understand in what way exactly. Do you mean to say
>that the composer did not want to deal with the burden of performance
>(individual expression?) thus he allowed someone else to take the
Well since John Cage at least the idea of not being in control, perhaps
in order to better apprehend reality,
has become an attractive choice to many artists and composers -- "let
the sounds be themselves." You
could think of that as a step towards an expanded sense of who the
individual is -- as composer,
actor, agent, etc. I can';t second-guess this guy's purpose, other than
to guess that by turning realization
over to someone he either didn't care or saw in that gesture a
meaningful act that was part of what he thought
his piece was about. Maybe he saw it in something
like a cagean light. If so, he may have wished to express his sense of
his own expanded and indefinite indivisuality
through decentered choices. These could be chance, serialism,
algorithms, AI, collaboration, inventing ways
of being out of control, etc.

I met an artist whose name I forget who dresses up in bunny suits, has
himself tied to a chair, then lets
tough guys go at him as they wish. Similar general trend, of course this
guy is being a little gutzier
in what being out of control could be understood to mean, as compared to
the guy who hands you his
elctronic music score.

-- eliot

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