[PD] Pd performance at TED

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Tue Jun 21 02:12:32 CEST 2011

On Mon, 20 Jun 2011, Pedro Oliveira wrote:

> Hi Patrice, I think you didn't get my point... I mentioned Coltrane as 
> an example of a musician that extrapolated his own instrument from the 
> 12-tone idea (particularly from A Love Supreme on).

sticking to 12-tone or getting out of 12-tone is irrelevant to the 

> However, I think that open musical structures are a more complex subject 
> to put it into the "improvisation" badge. For instance, if you take 
> Terry Riley's "In C", to name a well-known piece, its structure is 
> fairly open, although no player improvises.

In « In C », every player improvises the switch to each next part.

> This is also used in many musical pieces and it was discussed even by 
> Umberto Eco as open works... and correct me if I'm wrong, but I think 
> they differ from improvisation... 

What's improvisation ? (with a definition, not relying on examples)

> I'm not postulating an ultimate truth or mentality whatsoever, I'm just.. speculating. :) 

Oh yeah, but :

>>> but then, again... what is true improvisation in the context of Pd, 
>>> Max, whatever?

How do you separate true from false or not-so-true ?

> > I'm asking because, like I said, I do agree with Marco - recombining
> > patterns doesn't consist of improvisation for me as well...

Live decisions are live decisions. Some of them are small and are called 
interpretation, some of them are big and are called improvisation. But how 
do people pick a clear way to separate the two concepts, and what cause 
does that serve ?

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