Re: Prix Ars '99 bigotry

Subject: Re: Prix Ars '99 bigotry
From: Larry Austin (
Date: Tue Feb 23 1999 - 09:39:16 EST


> Larry continues ...
> >Yes, I think I understand. HOWEVER, the report of the judging panel for the
> >1998 Prix, published in the book that followed, ...
> [snip]
> Larry,
> Who were the members of the panel?

The members of the "computer music" panel were Jean Baptiste Barriere (FR),
Jonty Harrison (UK), Naut Humon (USA), Laetitia Sonami (FR), and Werner
Vollert (D). Naut Humon is credited with writing the report of the panel. I
assume he was the chair.

> It would likely be interesting to have them explain in an open and public
> forum (such as this), exactly what they meant. It would be only fair to
> provide them the opportunity to address, in person (individualy and
> collectively), the community which they spoke to, and about, in print and
> in action.
> If you wish Larry, we could formulate such a request to them right now!

I know most members of the 1998 panel and have high regard for their work
and musical judgement. If such a request for forum participation were
to work fairly, it should include all the panelists. All views should be
heard. Otherwise, it gets one-sided right away.

All best,

Larry Austin

(Kevin's responses continue below.)

> >statement by the panel that berated "computer music" (their designation
> >in the competition) as "an outmoded '60's term gone out of vogue." They
> >go on: "There were a large number of entries in the Computer Music
> >Section this time and, despite the forceful statements over recent years,
> >the majority of works submitted were once again, 'tape' pieces which
> >primarily represented the male academia with little racial or gender
> >diversity."
> Larry continued
> > I consider this statement as radically unfair, both in terms
> >of the male gender and of composer-academics, in particular.
> Larry, you may consider it to be unfair, but that does not mean that it's
> not true.
> > Should there,
> >by inference, be a "quota" of males or females submitting or a ban
> >on tape pieces in the competition. I note that, notwithstanding, the
> >1998 panel awarded some prizes to "male", tape music composers.
> >From my reading, they report a statistical situation, it seems to me that
> you are infering a 'quota'.
> >"Digital Musics" will attract more female composer submissions?
> >"Digital Musics" will bridge the gender gap?
> Maybe someone with a more historical perspective than I have, will relate
> that the term 'computer music' is not heavily freighted with gender
> specific elements.
> Read the list of founding members of the CMA, ICMA, CIME ... and the
> names of former editors of CMJ, the current Editorial Advisory Board of
> CMJ, and the editorial Board of Organised Sound.
> I am of the mentaly ossified generation that when I hear the word
> 'nurse', visualize a woman, and the word 'judge' passes as male. Creating
> an open, respectful and welcoming environment often means making
> decisions which are not welcome or popular with those who have
> historicaly held sway.
> >So...I await a response from Gabi Winkler...explaining this
> >seemingly innocuous change of terminology.
> I don't read this as seemingly innocuous, and from your response, I take
> it that you don't either. But perhaps for different reasons.
> Best
> Kevin
> Suddenly got very cold around here ... brrrrrr .. -17 C (5 degrees F).

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