Re: Lack of clarity regarding the term EA, clarification


Subject: Re: Lack of clarity regarding the term EA, clarification
From: Eliot Handelman (eliot@generation.net)
Date: Fri Mar 18 2005 - 00:26:57 EST


> At 01:42 18/03/2005, you wrote:
>
>>If we were to apply this musically, we could apply it to the
>>reconceptualiztion of music, ie the composer
>>doesn't have a genre at his or her disposal but has to invent one with
>>each new piece.

> This seems to be useful. The most respected composers seem to be respected
> because they either invented or fulfilled the possibilities inherent in
> various musical languages. Writing stuff to listen to seems to be almost
> incidental to this.

Humility of some kind may be involved. The best thing seems to be
about getting involved in your own stuff with the hope that that
involvement carries over to the listener. Otherwise you're stuck with
the problem of trying to map out the listener -- hit song science
again. We have no way of talking about what happens when you listen
and so we invent technical categories that make it seem to us that we
have some vague ideas about what we're doing. When prof. X talks about
the proportions he laid out in his piece he probably really means to
say that he hopes thereby to render his listeners unconscious in
paroxysms of auditory joy. Maybe not -- who knows?

-- eliot



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