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Re: [microsound] digital (was Make your own vinyl)

On May 31, 2005, at 5:24 PM, graham miller wrote:
I'd prefer the 100 page essay, actually.

ask kim.

Ah yes, I've read the 2-3 articles he's written on the subject. I am not aware that there was a longer piece tho, is there Kim?

In other words, you may not be able to tell from one recording to
another if the artist used digital tools to create sounds, or used
live recordings that have been mixed together. The emotional response
and subjective opinion of that piece has a lot more to do with its
aesthetic than how it was recorded or what plugins were used.

really? how? are you so sure you can tell the difference?

Well that's my whole point, you cannot. I make no claim that I have some sort of super power to do so, I doubt anybody does.

would we have rock music if it wasn't for distortion?

Distortion was never digital. Maybe that's not your point, but rock music doesn't require distortion, it never did. The paths it took most certainly do, but as a 'basic' style (speaking in hugely generic terms) it certainly doesn't require it.

wouldn't the emotive qualities of a
guitar solo change depending on what kind of amp its played
through? why
the need for producers or engineers at all, if the 'music' speaks for

Well we could sit here all night and throw examples back and forth, but all we'll conclude is that they're all different for every situation. Ergo, it doesn't make a lot of sense to categorically condemn music to being a slave to the bit.

as do i. but i'm more in the béla fleck and his electric midi banjo

Here here, I love Bela! Check out his non-electronic stuff with New Grass Revival and his acoustic albums too after the Flecktones got started. Such an awesome player, seen him live a few times. The Flecktones actually got me into listening to music with 'electronics' in it, way back when they first got started and did shows in rural North Carolina. :)

All the same, as long as there is folk, there will be folk music. If
they don't have computers, it won't be digital.

microsound can only exist with digital music. it's a stems from
samples, nyquist's theorem, and microscopic aural phenomena made
only through modern technology.  i think the whole idea is
digital, although it's not really my area of expertise.

I suggest you look into the work of John Cage, Morton Feldman, La Monte Young, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, Stewart Dempster, and Joe McPhee. These are all artists whose work has inspired and brought me to the world of microsound, and did so well before 'digital microsound' ever existed. I think you'll find that microsound has an extremely rich heritage which has nothing to do with computers at all.


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