Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place

Subject: Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place
From: bill thompson (
Date: Mon Sep 19 2005 - 21:35:42 EDT

> I'm increasingly starting to wonder if timbral
> musics are a dead end.
> Timbre on its own doesn't seem enough to make up for
> this kind of gestural
> nuance, no matter how interesting the timbre may be,
> or how carefully
> nuanced it is in its own right.
> Richard

well, i don't agree, basically because much of timbral
music isn't based on gesture but in many ways opposed
to it (not ideologically, but in practice) say
it's dead because it doesn't use techniques that
wouldn't achieve its aesthetic goals doesn't make
sense. it'd be like saying bach's music is dead
because it doesn't have phat beats. (well, that's
probably not a one to one analogy but you get what i

in the pieces i've written that focus primarily on
timbre, the introduction of gestures distract the
listener from the nuance of the timbre and (to my
ears) come off heavy handed. [uhh, that's a pun i

and as to the general idea of introducing more nuance,
gesture, or what typically instrumental sounding
practices (sonic vocabularies with new clothes?) into
computer music, ea, or whatever we're going to call
it-does anyone find this to be a bit like new wine in
old bottles?...sort of like cage's comment about how
the possibilities of the theramin were wasted because
everyone was trying to make it sound like a violin to
play music of the past rather then exploring it for
what it was capable of in itself...

personally, i find that we, i, swim to much in the
wake of the past.


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