[LAU] Bpm detection/quantize

Fons Adriaensen fons at kokkinizita.net
Wed Feb 11 17:25:26 EST 2009

On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 01:23:01PM -0800, Mark Knecht wrote:

> The poor guy asked a simple question and you've chosen to put him or
> his ideas down or to put him on the spot about what he's doing, why
> he's doing it and the value he thinks he'll get from it. Why does this
> have to be a problem? Let him make his music. If you don't like it be
> polite and either make a constructive comment or remain quiet about
> it.

Mark, this isn't about the 'poor guy' who originally
started this thread. I wrote: "... without wanting
to comment on the OP's musical abilities...", and in
a previous post: "... don't take this personally...".

I wrote that 'incompetence' is one (just one)
possible reason why people are wanting to use
technology to simplify music or the production
of it. And I don't think that statement is wrong.

It certainly isn't in the case of the sexy female
who can't sing but sells records only because
of her other qualities, and who can't finish
a song without automatic pitch correction.
IMHO, nothing of value is lost if such people
just would not sing at all. That is of course
an extreme example.

And yes, that same technology is occasionally
useful to save the work of a competent singer,
but that's not why it exists.

There are some kinds of music for which a
strictly constant beat is an essential feature.
I do not reject such music because of that, on
the contrary there is a lot of it that I do
appreciate very much. And there isn't anything
wrong with such music because of that regular
beat. Again on the contrary, almost all art is
in a way the result of some restrictions that
the artist imposes on his tools and his style.
The result is that other dimensions will emerge,
as is indeed the case with some of the music I
refer to.

But it doesn't follow that anyone who can run
Hydrogen becomes a instant musician. Yet some
people seem to believe this, often motivated
by some ideology of 'democratic' art.

The real value of such tools is the fact they
are available, not any automatic guarantee of
quality or relevance of what is produced using

Kind regards,


Laboratorio di Acustica ed Elettroacustica
Parma, Italia

O tu, che porte, correndo si ?
E guerra e morte !

More information about the Linux-audio-user mailing list