Re: future of music essays

Subject: Re: future of music essays
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Tue Apr 19 2005 - 06:05:49 EDT

At 03:02 19/04/2005, you wrote:

>The composer may decide to provide a number of rules of composition and
>allow the computer to chug on and create "in the style of". An example
>could be the 'computer-generated' versions of (say) the first 16-18 bars
>of Satie's Gymnopedie. Such a "composition" could be provided with a basic
>set of about 6 rules and some "knowledge" of what a human hand can play,
>and produce some remarkably similar sounding pieces.

Yes, but so what? I still think in the long term music will be replaced by
style templates where you buy (or whatever social transaction is relevant
at the time) a template, run it through a composer and synthesizer module,
and have as much new music in the style of Beethoven/Bach/Radiohead/Celine
Dion as you want.

The composer's job will be to produce these templates to order - either as
pastiche or in their own style.

But... so far people have always been interested in individual performers
and creators in a personal way. The sound and the notes are only part of
the process of social ritual that surrounds music. And a completely
automated system will never replace this.

The notes played and the sound produced matters, but it's simplistic to
assume that the social structures and relationships that surround them
aren't just as important and influential.


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