[LAD] A small article about tools for electronic musicians

Louigi Verona louigi.verona at gmail.com
Wed Apr 28 13:32:03 UTC 2010

On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM, Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com>wrote:

> 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

I absolutely do not imply that one group is more important than another. I
don't like getting into that kind of argument at all.

All in all, the feedback I am getting from LAD is very valuable to me in
terms of understanding how everybody sees Linux Audio.
So please do understand I am not whining and the article I presented to you
is more of a story of how one particular composer
discovered suitable tools for himself.

The labels thing is more controversial - it tends to be. I hate labels
myself. But at the same time I have difficulty finding another term.
"Electronic musician" is a rather general term, no argument there, this is
why I specifically mention what I mean by that in the article.
There is a number of people outside linux and some inside linux community
who are specifically interested in the state of affairs in linux
regarding a certain type of workflow. This article is an update for them. I
do not regret sharing it on the LAD, obviously.

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