Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 11:46:14 EST

At 11:54 13/02/2005, you wrote:
>Richard Wentk wrote:
>>What would music be like if you could experience all the commonalities
>>and differences between every piece of music ever recorded or written in
>>a single perceptual process?
>>That's the kind of thing that's looking more and more likely in the
>>medium to long term.
>i believe this is what is already happening at least in my own music. via
>the internet i have an infinite library to choose from - and out of doors,
>i have an infinite world to choose from. i think my head would explode if
>i tried to do what you suggest above ;)

That's exactly my point though. We already have very crude information
prosthetics in the form of Google and the rest of the Internet which can
hint at some of what's possible. I already use Google as a footnote engine.
If something interests me in a book I'll do a search to find out more about
it. This is second nature now, but twenty years ago it would have looked
like the wildest science fiction. And it's still very useful, even with the
patchy nature of all the information that's online.

So I think it's only a matter of time before perceptual engineering reaches
the point where the kind of overview I'm suggesting becomes practical. It
might not happen in my lifetime, but barring disaster or some other
weirdness it looks like a reasonable extrapolation of current trends.

>- but my music has always been based on it - as a young-ish composer, i've
>grown up with the world of the internet and access all areas - the music
>of the future is both confused, and exciting. i believe that what we are
>going to need in the future is the ability to focus, when all this
>information is being bombarded at us.

The lack of focus is only a function of perceptual limits. If those limits
could be expanded so that you could process information, make connections
and derive an overview more quickly, I think the problem disappears.

The Internet is the first stage in that process. There will be later stages
using other technologies.

>or have to learn to. some can never manage it.
>when coming out of academia, many students have to suddenly learn to think
>outside the box. some never learn to do it. i'd cite a few names -
>particularly in the instrumental world - if you like... people who have
>never learnt to stop proving themselves academically, and have remained in
>the box.
>its about learning to think for yourself.

It's always about learning to think for yourself.


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