Re: Mixing it...

Subject: Re: Mixing it...
From: Robert J. Dow (
Date: Sat May 08 1999 - 06:44:44 EDT

On Fri, 7 May 1999, Kevin Busby wrote:

> IMHO you are overlooking (a) the empirical evidence that those working
> outside academia and those working inside academia (again, for want of a
> more appropriate word!) have for a long time been independently producing
> similar aesthetic results; (b) the fact (apologies to Boulez?!) that the
> compositional agenda are shaped very heavily by the technology available,
> and that common technology has been available to both camps for some years
> now.

It is, surely, axiomatic that musics can have different aesthetic results
(presumably composed with different aesthetic intentions) and yet may
use the same technology to produce these results. A certain technology may
produce very similar material, but similar material can be a means to
different ends.

Of course, the use of any technology within an aesthetic is almost certain
to illuminate as well as facilitate -- but this illumination either
becomes bound to the aesthetic (informs and expands) or possibly seeds new
aesthetics. In other words persons may have a common technology, create
similar material, discover similar sonic worlds through
similar interactions with the technology, but create completely dissimilar

Equally, different technologies creating different sonic material could be
used to produce similar works.


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