Re: encouraging polemics and reflection...


Subject: Re: encouraging polemics and reflection...
From: Don Malone (dmalone@roosevelt.edu)
Date: Wed Feb 17 1999 - 10:39:01 EST


i know better than to get involved in these definition debates
for three decades people have been questioning the label of music to what i do
they have always seemed pejoritive
intending to dismiss my art
i leaned a long time ago to let it slide (at least i thought i had learned)
these debates are not usually useful dialogs
i was caught off guard
i did not expect that kind of attack from this list
my point should have been this:
some instruments are more intellectual than physical
that does not mean they require less practice to use
that does not mean they are less expressive than others
some instruments are more indeterminant than deterministic
that does not mean they require less practice to use
that does not mean they are less expressive than others
instruments exert a *great* influence over the music
(including the Eno desk in question)
the choice of instrument is largely an aesthetic choice
sometimes the situation requires physical instruments
sometimes the situation requires intellectual instruments
sometimes the situation requires indeterminant instruments
sometimes the situation requires deterministic instruments

btw repeatability is sometimes comforting but often boring

happy tunes
Don

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