Re: Looking for a Mentor

Subject: Re: Looking for a Mentor
From: lawrence casserley (
Date: Thu Sep 15 2005 - 16:16:03 EDT

Hi Morgan

God luck with your quest for a suitable mentor - I would just like to
make a serious comment about your proposed project.

On 15 Sep, 2005, at 19:06, Morgan Sutherland wrote:

> My "guiding question" is something along
> the lines of "how can I create 'academic' DSP oriented music that does
> not become too 'academic', or that doesn't lose sight of tradition
> musical goals such as emotional provocation and simply communication".
There is no such thing as "academic" music. There are people who work
in academic institutions who make music, some of it very good, some of
it very bad, most of it in between. There also people who do not work
in academic institutions who make music, some of it very good, some of
it very bad, most of it in between. This is simply a non-issue (albeit
one that has been discussed ad nauseam, with no discernable outcome, on
this list over many years :-)>

Please don't get bogged down in this silliness. A much more creative
approach would be something like:

How does the study of technical issues, such as DSP, interact with,
influence, enhance, distract from, interfere with, etc natural
expression, "emotional provocation", communication, etc?

There are those who argue that greater knowledge of the technical,
psychoacoustical, information theory, etc issues leads to a greater
understanding of how best to communicate. There are others who argue
that the only thing is to follow your instincts, and study will
interfere with these to their detriment - or perhaps, if you need to
study, then your instincts can't be adequate. Once again most people
are somewhere in between.

In all art forms there is a spectrum between the most intensely
intellectual and the most intensely emotional work (although these are
by no means mutually exclusive!) - in film, painting, literature, etc
this seems to be taken as normal - it seems only in music has this
become a matter of religious wars. My advice is to forget it, it's an
old battle fought by people who are only worried about their own

Music, like all art, appeals to both the head and the heart - that is
an essential part of the magic - but how do these interact? That is the
ever ongoing question.....



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