[PD] Pd performance at TED

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 23 18:39:46 CEST 2011

 The only point that's not irrelevant is that you can load up soundfiles without needing a new physical object for each one.

It's not musically interesting that it takes up less room.

That the patch can become something else is a distraction from the particularly narrow point I'm making, which is that it fits the definition of technological parody offered up on this list.  (If you have to change the patch to make it do something musically interesting, then we're no longer talking about that tutorial; we're talking about a new patch.)

But we both see the larger point of that patch as an expression of some of the strengths of Pd.  And we both realize that with very few tweaks it can be made to make interesting sounds that surpass what could (easily) be done on a turntable.  It's clearly a successful tutorial patch, and in that context I see absolutely no reason to change it.  

Calling the patch a technological parody doesn't mean anything good or bad-- it's simply a fact.  So again, I fail to see how one can merely use that term to criticize something, or how another can read the term and understand the upshot of that criticism.  I think it's lazy and lacks substance-- especially troubling seeing how it first appeared as a response to the work of a newcomer to the list (I think).

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