Re: Computer chicken


Subject: Re: Computer chicken
From: Dominique Bassal (dominique.bassal@videotron.ca)
Date: Wed Sep 28 2005 - 23:37:20 EDT


Some of us have dealt with squeaking base-drum pedals,
rushing-drummers-during-fills, out-of-tune string sections, Marshall
amps hum, worn-out Stratocaster cords, detuned Minimoogs and B3, tape
hiss, low headroom, unbalanced circuits, ground lifts, clipped grand
pianos, ratling flutes, pumping compressors, unpredictable side-chains
and un-settable thresholds on noise gates. And sibilances, popings,
thumps, feedback from the headphones, leaks from the other studios,
head cleaning, demagnetizing in the middle of a session, calibration
tapes, reference tones, cassette copies, bias, broken or worn out
tapes. Distorsion everywhere.

We have spent thousands of hours trying to mix unmixable mushes
composed of most of the pleasures from the preceding list, adding more
distorsion in the process thanks to colored multitrack playback,
console busses, unreliable meters and the much revered "tape warmth",
to which we transfered the "result", mainly because our ears where
crying for mercy, not because we were satisfied of the results.

When we thought it was over, then came more distorsion, from acetates,
pressings, commercial cassettes, radio play and MuchMusic 3/4"
transfers.

To me, computer music bluntly means the end of the miserable way of
doing music.

Le 05-09-28, à 22:37, Kevin Austin a écrit :

> This appeared on the ACMA list.
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> Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 22:00:05 +1000
> From: Warren Burt <waburt@melbourne.dialix.com.au>
> Subject: [Acma-l] Computer chicken
>
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> >From Martin Supper, who is organizing a round table at the SMC05
> (Sound and Music Computing) Conference in Salerno in November: "An
> observation: if you grill a chicken in a modern, computer-controlled
> electric oven, the result will be neither more nor less than grilled
> chicken. It is not computer chicken. Applying this observation to music
> demands that one ask the question, what makes computer music computer
> music?" If you have some answers, please respond to Martin Supper
> <supper@udk-berlin.de>
>
> I hope people on this list can send Martin some interesting replies.
> (Reply to Martin, not to this list).
>
> Cheers,
>
> Warren
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> I would like to see the discussion take place on cec-conference. It
> might be a little wi(l)der given the number of vegetarianisms here!
>
>
> Best
>
> Kevin
>
>
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Dominique Bassal



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