[PD] nusmuk_audio WAS: Max Smoother Audio than Pd?

Phil Stone pkstone at ucdavis.edu
Fri Apr 16 16:53:45 CEST 2010

There is little doubt that dance music dominates popular music, and has 
done so for eternity, but it certainly does not encompass all that is 
"good music".

Just because you feel the urge to move your body to music that is not 
dance-centric, i.e., you rock to Beethoven, or Liszt, or Charlie Parker, 
that does not mean music should be judged by its ability to draw people 
on to the dance floor.  That really describes a rather small slice of 
"good music."  Nor, I think, should it be the metric by which Pd is 
judged -- certainly not Pd's "Hello World" -- unless Pd is defined as "a 
programming language for electronic dance music."

Also, I think there has been some f'ing excellent dance music made with 
Pd, so I don't really understand the complaint in the first place.


Jonathan Wilkes wrote:
> --- On Thu, 4/15/10, Phil Stone <pkstone at ucdavis.edu> wrote:
>> From: Phil Stone <pkstone at ucdavis.edu>
>> Subject: Re: [PD] nusmuk_audio WAS: Max Smoother Audio than Pd?
>> To: "PD list" <pd-list at iem.at>
>> Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 7:49 PM
>> In addition to disagreeing vehemently
>> with your main point (Pd is good for little more than
>> experimentation), I find this a piss-poor acid test for
>> "music that sounds good":
>> colet.patrice at free.fr
>> wrote:
>>> there is no such project that show how pd is cool to
>> make people moving on the dance floor.
> Phil- I dig music with compelling sounds, and I generally feel the 
> urge to move my body to music I dig.  One can use whatever 
> test one wants to hold up some music as "genuine," and the question "does 
> it draw people out onto the dance floor?" is just as valid as any other in 
> this regard.
> But then if the point of the acid test is to demonstrate the strengths 
> of a visual programming paradigm for the rapid implementation of various  
> dsp techniques to generate music, I'd say the OP's test is quite a fitting 
> and effective "Hello World" for Pd.
> -Jonathan
>> Phil Stone
>> www.pkstonemusic.com
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