Re: Prix Ars Digital Musics results


Subject: Re: Prix Ars Digital Musics results
From: KEVIN AUSTIN (KAUSTIN@vax2.concordia.ca)
Date: Thu Jun 24 1999 - 07:31:33 EDT


Matt and Lawrence wrote [greatly snipped] ...

>> from a completely different direction culturally, aesthetically and
>> technically.

>I think it was Neil who said he had been integrating EA into his mixes
>with positive response. I have had the same experience and have felt
>the same reticence in using beats in ea compositions. this isn't
>because I perceive EA to be closed minded as a genre (...),
>rather I just haven't felt the need to.

The following is not truth, and constitutes only one part of a more
complex response.

There are two rather old-fashioned terms that evolved to talk about the
(one) aesthetic nature of 'information flow' (aesthetics). The terms were
'cool / hot'. (I noted this year that almost no students had come in
contact with the 'meaning' of the term "cool / hot", while understanding the
concepts intuitively.)

What makes 'haiku' "cool", and the 'Spice Girls' "hot"?

Many theories have been advanced, one of them being the amount of
information given, and the need for interpretation of this information.

When a drum machine is looped, the amount of 'change' is reduced, and the
amount of new 'information' is reduced in time. Once its 'meaning' has
become clear, continuation does not significantly demand attention.

A haiku, leaving the interpretation of the information (and its
diversity, brevity and unpredictability) to each individual reader, is
"cool". It is really 'open to interpretation'.

Certain TV shows (and books) "leave little to the imagination", these
would most likely be classified as 'warmer' than, say, Picasso's Guernica.

I'm sure that the communications / information theory specialists on the
list could put it much more accurately and succinctly.

Best

Kevin
kaustin@vax2.concordia.ca



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