Re: (More) Cool sounds from outer space!


Subject: Re: (More) Cool sounds from outer space!
From: Richard Wentk (richard@skydancer.com)
Date: Sun Jul 31 2005 - 02:11:55 EDT


At 02:46 31/07/2005, you wrote:

>While I think some relaxing chai may be in order for you, I do in
>essence agree with your general evaluation. What you're hearing isn't
>sound produced by some fantastical space body. It is some radiation
>that has been modified in very drastic ways (relatively speaking) in
>order to make a "something" audible.

Aside from the turf war aspects - *we're* composers, *they're* scientists,
how dare they... - I'm not clear at all what the difference is between
radiation sourced by a planet modified in very drastic ways and EA-type
acoustic radiation captured or sourced by electronic hardware and software
and modified in very drastic ways.

Surely radiation from a planet modified electronically to make it audible
is no more or less valid as a sound source than a conventional recording or
sample modified electronically.

>Scientists routinely put out such nonsense: "Here is what DNA sounds
>like! Amazing!" No no no...
>please stop...

Why is this any more nonsensical than 4' 33", a piece featuring 12 radios
tuned at random, or fifty years of self-indulgent serialist noodlings?

Richard



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