Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place

Subject: Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place
From: miriam clinton (iriXx) (
Date: Wed Sep 14 2005 - 23:41:06 EDT

Michael Gogins wrote:

>I've used Reaktor, Max, PD, and Csound, and frankly I find Csound faster and easier to use than the others; and I prefer the sounds I can get too. I think to some extent the decision hinges on one's typing speed and preference for verbal or visual patterns.

The verbal vs visual thinking is most definately an avenue for
exploration. During the years before I abandoned academia, the 'Max/MSP
and Supercollider Are God' thinking was at its height. These are
programs (with the exception of MSP patches) which are oriented towards
verbal thinking. Visual thinkers were left in the dark, or looked down
upon. Anyone using plain ol' Pro-Tools... LOL. That type of thinking is
ignorant of the creativity in the visually oriented temporal lobe of the
brain and its resulting lateral thinking. Verbal thinking produces logic
and structure, visual thinking is oriented towards lateral logic (still
logic!) and tangential structures. Neither is 'good' or 'bad'. I have
been playing with a small downloadable program which maps the dominant
area of the brain which you prefer to use -

My results were at first irregular but seem to have settled on a
strongly visual, slightly right brain tendency. I was surprised by how
centred my thinking is - yet logic plays a part in balancing my lateral
thinking when composing. I am not entirely right-brained, but very
strongly visual. To condemn visual thinkers to the back room is sheer
prejudice, and whats more, denies you from access to an entire category
of music which may open your mind to alternative structures. Likewise I
listen to Bach, as his structures are quite opposite to mine, and I find
this opens my thinking. Neither is 'good' or 'bad'... one either thinks
verbally or visually. So what? What difference does this make? (Bearing
in mind the strong emphasis on creativity given in the following notes
after the program if you are a visual thinker ;).

99% of aliens prefer Earth

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