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[microsound] an interesting monolake answer
any thoughts on this? agree? disagree?
when i used to work in cubase VST one of the great things about it
was the fact you could turn off the display within cubase and just
listen to the music with a black screen. i am always surprised why
this feature doesn't appear in more audio software. i was hoping they
would add this ability to ableton live 6. now after reading this
comment by henke i'm really surprised they didn't!
VT: I’m interested in the interaction between the visual interface
(say Atlantic Waves or Ableton Live) and musical creation. How do you
think the evolution of sound creation tools from aural to visual has
changed our relationship to sound? For example, sound editing has
shifted from a primary reliance on our ears (i.e. tape splicing)
towards visual representations of sound (i.e. waveform editors). How
do you think this changes our perception of sound?
RH: Visual representation of sound is evil. A waveform editor is an
enormous help when editing sound but at the same time it has the
potential to keep the composer effectively from listening. The
visualization by nature stresses the abstract formal quality of a
work but makes no statement about its content. The result is obvious,
a lot of music these days works correctly according to a formal
scheme but lacks beauty within. It takes quite some courage to work
against the visual scheme, because oddly structured parts look so
wrong. The timeline always tells us how long a piece is in bars or
seconds but it knows nothing about our perception of time. We might
think a part is too long because it looks long on screen but in fact
it is interesting enough to be much longer and we would not shorten
it if we could not see it but just listened. I often turn off the
screen or close my eyes when listening to my edits because the visual
representation is a false friend.