Re: Playing your own music... Just a though

Subject: Re: Playing your own music... Just a though
From: Ian Stewart (
Date: Wed Sep 07 2005 - 10:12:59 EDT

jef chippewa writes:
> i can accept the idea that "hey man, it's all about the music" from an avowed neophyte (simply because often any subsequent discussion is not worth the effort), but have problems with this concept in a classroom, where people are (purportedly) there with educational goals. <

As if saying 'yes, the music is actually pretty damn important' was a naive
or unenlightened thing to say. Music is a very difficult thing to talk
about- people who have studied EA for decades can barely agree on
vocabulary. A composer's ideas or biography are comparatively easy. It's
down to the esthesic vs the poietic, and each obviously has its place,
depending on the setting. But if a teacher in an EA composition class can
teach students to analyse, reflect on, and criticize what they hear, and
articulate their responses to sound, I'd say that teacher has achieved
something, something more valuable for an electroacoustic composer than
learning how Xenakis used stochastic calculus. Maybe I'm exaggerating your
position, but I find it hard to accept that talking about 'the music' is in
conflict with 'educational goals' in a music course.


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