Re: future of music essays

Subject: Re: future of music essays
From: John Nowak (
Date: Sun Apr 17 2005 - 13:27:54 EDT

On Apr 16, 2005, at 6:27 PM, Ned Bouhalassa wrote:

> A quick glance at the Barrière makes me think it could have been
> written in the 19th C (the machines are taking over!!!).

I agree. This paragraph is very telling:

"We must participate in the process of developing
automatically-generated music, in order to be able to influence its
objectives. Is this playing the sorcerer's apprentice? Maybe. But we
have no other choice. It is our only opportunity to make it a partially
positive process. We have at the same time to establish some form of
generative music ethics, in a very similar way that biological research
may need to be controlled by ethics."

I am curious why someone would even consider such a thing to be a
necessity... much less even entertain the idea. This sounds very much
like talk from decades ago in regards to how synthesizers would take
over "real" music. Utter nonsense as far as I'm concerned...

- John

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