Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound


Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound
From: John Nowak (john@johnnowak.com)
Date: Sat Feb 12 2005 - 22:39:36 EST


On Feb 12, 2005, at 10:12 PM, Michael Gogins wrote:

>> Given some suitable small number of potentials, the sheer number of
>> choices is almost nothing as the opposed to the personal "quality" of
>> those choices. And quality is itself an active, selective
>> structuring. History and experience show that more does not equal
>> better. And certainly, "most" doesn't equal "best".

> There is no quality without quantity. Quantity makes quality possible.
> In this case, "most" does equal "best". Of course a personal choice is
> executed when one selects, whether from a finite or infinite set, a
> particular possibility. I am not denying that. I am saying that before
> the selection is made, more choices means more freedom.

Michael, as much of a diehard computer artist as I am (for some of the
reasons you mention), and as much as I detest the guitar (generally
speaking), I must say that you're wrong here. Most does not equal best.
The number of choices isn't what matters. It's what you can do with the
choices you have. I do the my best work when I have the most number of
choices possible. Some people do their best work with a guitar. Neither
method is better than the other. I know you weren't necessarily saying
one was, but that was the implication you were giving.

- John Nowak



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