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By convention sweet and by convention bitter, by convention hot, by convention cold, by convention colour: in reality atoms and void.

All media in which you can work directly with the sounds have more in common with any other than with traditional European techniques of working with symbols on paper. Can you imagine painting a picture by having to write a set of instructions for someone else to paint it? But the problem with solo improvisation is that what you can realize is limited by your technique and the nature of your instrument. You can’t do anything beyond what you can play yourself, no matter what you hear in your imagination.

Now it seems most machines are square - their design has a goal, to create desire, like a cellphone or a blender or a kid’s toy. But what about the machines that don?t have a goal-based design? These are the round machines of the future, and we must start making their elements now.


2021.09.05