[LAD] A small article about tools for electronic musicians

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Wed Apr 28 12:33:00 UTC 2010

Paul Davis wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 4:17 AM, Louigi Verona 
> <louigi.verona at gmail.com <mailto:louigi.verona at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hey guys!
>     Read it here:
>     http://www.louigiverona.ru/?page=projects&s=writings&t=linux&a=linux_electronic
>     <http://www.louigiverona.ru/?page=projects&s=writings&t=linux&a=linux_electronic>
>     Any comments are welcome.
> Louigi, just as general comment, I don't think that your opening 
> gambit is correct. If anything, I would suspect that there is a 
> greater percentage of what you term "electronic musicians" as 
> contrasted with "acoustic" musicians among those who use Linux than 
> there is in the general population of musicians, or even musicians who 
> use computers. However, in all these communities, the number of 
> "electronic musicians" is smaller than the number of "acoustic 
> musicians" in absolute terms. Thus, when you start exploring the Linux 
> audio world, you run into a lot of people using non-electronic 
> instruments, but this is no different than if you were to start 
> exploring the world of "people who make music" in general.
> In addition, I think that you already know that you have a fairly 
> particular definition of "electronic musician" that actually excludes 
> a lot of the electronic music composers and performers who have 
> traditionally found Linux to be fairly hospitable place. These are 
> specifically people who are not in search of new synths or FX units 
> with which to play relatively conventional compositions with (perhaps) 
> rather unusual timbres, but instead want the control and possibilities 
> presented by tools like SuperCollider, PureData, Common Music and so 
> on and so forth. I don't think that one group is more important than 
> the other, but I do know how labels can be a problem, both in terms of 
> a reduction in cognitive distinctions and also in social exclusion.
> --p

No Paul, you're mistaken. Linux isn't able to to hold a candle to 
"construed music", regarding to proprietary solutions. But I've learned 
my lesson. I was pissed because of the abilities Linux (doesn't) makes 
available and at the same time I again get near contact to a known 
German jazz musician who (once was a friend and who) doesn't care about 
technology. Now I do remember my roots and abilities, but OTOH this 
musician ask me to help him to manage some MIDI issues.

The bad ... Linux audio isn't able to keep place with the two other 
popular Os'. The good ... reflection ... why does musicians make music 
and doesn't write a book etc. using their fantasies instead?

Linux is miles apart to be "zeitgeisty" reagrding to audio, but exactly 
this is the chance to remember what's music all about.

I guess most people are using proprietary hardware, without having 
knowledge how sounds are influenced by "nature".


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