Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: Michael Gogins (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 21:30:03 EST

On a CD, we have a very limited set of choices. You MUST put down one number
every 44,100th of a second. You MUST choose a value between 32,768
and -32,767 for that number. These are very stringent limitations.

Obviously there is something specious about these kinds of arguments.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: Solo ea

>I know that everyone's been avoiding putting this one in, but here it is
> "My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more
> narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself
> with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength.
> The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the
> chains that shackle the spirit."
> Igor Stravinsky, Poetics of Music
> On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 14:05:23 -0500, David Mooney <>
> wrote:
>> As much as I admire and have been influenced by Cage and his
>> ilk, this idea of music free from rules or removing the
>> influence of the individual from music, in the way that that
>> Cage & co. approached it, was a highly mental Western thing
>> to do. I.e., the "no-rules" system of rules were as much a
>> product of their time and place as any other system of
>> thinking about sound and music; very much a part of the
>> practice of music in wider culture and society. This was
>> also the age of abstract expressionism in art--more
>> rule-bound no-rules art.
>> Kevin Austin wrote:
>> >
>> > A historical and cross-cultural look at music as it has been
>> > practiced for the past 3000 years will show that there are rules.
>> > Sometime in the mid-20th century a few western individuals proclaimed
>> > that music could be free from rules, but that has not altered the
>> > practice of music in wider culture and society.
>> >
>> --
>> David Mooney
> --
> Rick Nance
> De Montfort University
> Leicester, UK
> Acousmatics

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