Re: Looking for a Mentor


Subject: Re: Looking for a Mentor
From: bill thompson (innerd00r@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Sep 15 2005 - 16:29:42 EDT


i was about to say the same thing...that's one worth
printing out.

--- mike mcferron <mike@bigcomposer.com> wrote:

> Fantastic response! This is definitely one thread I
> will share with
> my students who are asking the same questions.
> M
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> Mike McFerron
>
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> www.redearthpublishing.com
>
>
> On Sep 15, 2005, at 3:16 PM, lawrence casserley
> wrote:
>
> > 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 status.
> >
> > 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.....
> >
> > Best
> >
> > L
> >
> > Lawrence Casserley - lawrence@lcasserley.co.uk
> > Lawrence Electronic Operations -
> www.lcasserley.co.uk
> > Colourscape Music Festivals -
> www.colourscape.org.uk
> >
>
>

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