Re: (More) Cool sounds from outer space!

Subject: Re: (More) Cool sounds from outer space!
Date: Mon Aug 01 2005 - 10:29:46 EDT

Dear Jean-Marc Pelletier,

Thank you for this reply. While I do not agree with
some of the connections you draw, your tone, language,
thoughtfulness and manners are deeply and sincerely
appreciated. I look forward to further messages of this



On Mon, 01 Aug 2005 12:32:52 +0900, Jean-Marc Pelletier

> Just in case, some found my original answer to
> a bit short:
> Last week, we had an ea concert at our school. About
> half-way through I
> got up and left. I even left in the middle of a piece,
> which I reckon
> was rude, but I really didn't feel like staying any
> longer. I went
> outside and laid in the grass, watching the stars and
> listening to the
> chorus of cicadas, crickets and frogs, accompanied by
> the wind brushing
> the nearby trees. I couldn't help feeling that all of
> this was
> infinitely more beautiful and interesting than
> I'd heard or
> seen in the half concert I attended. This isn't a
> statement about art.
> It's not a statement about music, not even about that
> particular
> concert, just my current state of mind. I haven't
> bought all that many
> CDs recently, and haven't really listened to those I
> did buy. Instead my
> fascination for the order of the world around me has
> grown.
> I linked to the first sample, the one from Saturn,
> because of its
> uncanny resemblance to 1960s SF soundtracks inspired
> the Barons'
> work. My use of the adjective "cool" was strictly
> tongue in cheek. I was
> trying to capture a little of that 1960s camp in my
> choice of words. I
> might have failed.
> The VLT recordings are somewhat different. As some
> people very
> thankfully noticed, VLT transmissions just happen, by
> chance, to fall
> right smack in the human frequency hearing range. Not
> only that, the
> time-scale of the various events is such that there is
> no need for any
> time compression. The setup needed to make these
> emissions audible is
> simply radio receiver -> amp -> speaker. This makes it
> an
> electroacoustic phenomenon. As in electrons to sounds.
> This is the list
> of the Canadian *electroacoustic* community and I
> thought this would be
> more than relevant.
> Just to re-iteratate: VLT recordings are 1 to 1
> mappings of
> electro-magnetic disturbances associated with auroras.
> They are not
> "illustrations" but simple transduction. Unless you
> unbelievably
> pendant, they *are* caused by auroras (in some cases
> least).
> I find the question of what is "art" or "music"
> spectacularly boring.
> "Gesang der Junglinge", "Vingt regards sur l'enfant
> J├ęsus", last week's
> cicada chorus and VLT emission recordings are all
> structures. As
> perceptible material, they all have value, be it
> semantic or
> morphological. "Dawn chorus"-type of VLT are so-called
> because they
> sound like the chorus of birds in the morning. They
> "beautiful" in
> part because they function in a programmatic fashion,
> appealing to the
> listener's imagination. This morphological proximity
> between "dawn
> chorus" VLT and birdsong causes a number of semantic
> associations in the
> listener's mind. Entire imaginary landscapes and
> sceneries arise before
> the mind's eye.
> In the end, it's all energy. The Pathetic Sonata,
> "Chiaroscuro", VLT,
> me, you, this e-mail message. However, as I sentient
> being, I choose to
> try to find beauty wherever I turn my ear or eye.
> Jean-Marc

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