Dominique, M. Richard


Short Circuit: The Computer Music's Edison Complex

In Proceedings of the 1992 International Computer Music Conference - San Jose. San Francisco, CA: ICMA: 482-485.


Language(s): English


Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Computer Music


In this brief paper, the author situates his point of departure in Pierre Boulez’ observation of a tension that exists between contemporary music and its public. Noting that such a tension is even more acute for the public of computer music, the author explores the discourse of computer music, arguing that as a genus of the discourse of contemporary music it may be locked in a modernist position, untouched by post-modernism. He suggests that in order to overcome this situation, computer music must become more self-critical by complimenting its musical and technological analytical approaches with a broader cultural awareness of musical realities, including issues of class, gender, nationality, folklore and other issues that are often considered irrelevant in an imperialist discourse about music.