Monday, May 07, 2007

The Future of Music

Yikes.

http://darwincatholic.blogspot.com/2007/05/music-by-machine.html

2 Comments:

At Friday, May 11, 2007 1:17:00 AM, Blogger ScholarChanter said...

Looks like you two (PT and C) as well as other readers already commented on the original blog. Here are my 2 cents: Certainly there is a temptation to use technology to make up for the lack of an organist, etc. What are we replacing? The spontaneity? responsiveness? The ever-improvising keyboardist? The human element? Or is it our participation? Because music in liturgy, by its virtue of being part of liturgy, must involve our human, personal participation.

Byzantine liturgies are known for their non-use of instruments - only intelligent/sentient beings should be made to worship God. I recently attended Byzantine liturgy where the cantors led everything accapella, with no pitchpipe, etc.

This brings out one problem we have at places with "good" music programs - sometimes it is not conducive to the participation of the laity- as they will just let the choir do the singing. The attitude toward technology replacing musicians can easily fall into that mentality - just let the machine do it.

 
At Friday, May 25, 2007 10:26:00 AM, Anonymous jds said...

All of the posts I have read from the original site (darwiniancatholic) and this one have focused strictly on the objective aspect of musicianship - will the quality and expression of computers be as good? Will the output be as good? An element that is missed is whether the musician will be as good. JPII made the claim that the subjective of element of work is far more important than the objective. That is, how work forms the worker is more important than what is produced. The development of musical talent makes musicians better people, generally speaking. If computers replace musicians, there will be many musicians who never get a chance to develop their talents, and that would be the greatest tragedy in this whole question.

 

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