[LAU] audio/visual synthesis

Dave Phillips dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Thu Jun 26 08:01:21 EDT 2008

Florian Schmidt wrote:
> In a way i really think that the audio and graphics domain are vastly different beasts ...
Hi Florian,

This understanding is central to my own concept of the A/V arts. In my 
opinion there are no absolute correspondences, i.e. I believe that all 
associations and correspondences between audio and visual elements are 
finally arbitrary. However, I'm quick to add that doesn't make such 
associations useless. On the contrary, they are useful in so far as they 
get the creative mind moving in some direction. AFAIC, that's all the 
push I need.

An analogous situation is found in the time-point system used by Charles 
Wuorinen. His explication of the system is intriguing, but there's no 
getting around the fact that his initial premise is arbitrary. Very 
useful, but not a "natural" or necessary relationship between elements. 
Its necessity is with regards to the composer's need for a systematic 
and complementary approach to resolving rhythmic problems in a non-tonal 
harmonic world. And that's enough to get a start into a work, afterwards 
you can jettison any system (or not) once you've got the work's 
direction clarified.

Just my two yuan, of course. :)

And thanks for that graphics server, that's a cool idea, I look forward 
to testing it.



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