The computer as instrument, was Re: [linux-audio-user] Bainstorming! Drawing in non-musician developers
dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Wed Feb 22 11:07:18 EST 2006
Dave Griffiths wrote:
>>Frank Barknecht wrote:
>>>>... I hope someday people will
>>>>be playing computers like people play guitars today. It's a lot of fun
>>>>to code, but it would be even more fun if it wouldn't eat into the time
>>>>I have available for producing music so much.
>>>But coding *is* playing the computer like people play the guitar!
>>Careful, Frank, there are a few of us here who do both. :) I
>>respectfully disagree with your statement, though I agree with its intent.
>>Playing any instrument requires years of physical engagement to form a
>>playing technique. I'll certainly agree that using a computer also
>>requires years of effort to master, but that mastery is not based on an
>>analogous "playing technique".
>Hi Dave, I think I have to respectfully disagree with your disagreement :)
>this is something which is under debate, at least in some circles:
>I think distinctions here are a little silly though, as I've seen people
>dance to music that is created by writing code live, and they don't seem
>to care much whether it counts as music making or programming :)
>It's just (yet) another way to think about computers and music.
>I agree with everything else you are saying though :)
I think I'll eat my statement re: "analogous playing technique". If the
computer is any sort of instrument (of the mind or otherwise), then a
playing technique must evolve. Perhaps the distinctions are difficult to
confirm because we're at such an early stage with the instrument and its
possible playing techniques ? Seems funny to say that, given the
machine's long visibility as a music-making device, but some of our more
familiar and typical instruments have been in development for centuries,
and their own techniques are still evolving (I hope).
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