Daniella Rodriguez

  • How much compression does music needs to stop becoming music?
  • Information Theory
    • Entropy (H) is the ultimate data compression.
    • Channel Capacity (C) is the ultimate transmission rate of communication.
  • “…mistakes and accidents are recuperated for art under the conditions of signal processing” (54).
  • How is the potential of computers affecting the production of music as creative expression? People use to have to know how to play an instrument to hear music before. How is the capacity of creating music in a computer changes its values?
  • “Making music with the byproducts of new technologies is a way of maintaining a space of playful exploration” (55).
  • Would sound art count as music? Or some music as sound art?
  • Computers have allowed sound to be used and modifies for new possibilities.
  • “Music is not ‘electronic’ if it merely reproduces known sounds and forms; a new sonic world requires new artistic ideas, new concepts and forms of expression, gained directly from an exploration of the raw data.”
  • Aesthetics (M) = Redundancy (R) / Information (H)
  • Artist began embracing the crash and error of computers  and started to appropriate the failure and glitch into new forms.
  • Noise and distortion are a not just a mere inconvenience owed to material resistance. We can’t just assume progress toward a noise-canceling or purified future of perfect communication.
  • Both error and control are needed for performance.
  • “This reminder of the imperfect,noisy, loussy nature of the machine counters our contemporary digital culture’s positivistic faith in technology as providing order” (74).

2 thoughts on “Daniella Rodriguez

  1. I really like this quote, “Aesthetics (M) = Redundancy (R) / Information (H).” It makes sense seeing how when it comes down to it music and most things in existence are mere numbers. It would make sense that there is an equation of some sort in order to explain aesthetic. Redundancy being divided by Information is very fascinating since that is the very nature of sampling in music. One cuts out the unnecessary from the information and is left with a new sound. A tool for creating aesthetic in sound.


  2. I also wrote in my response about how computers opened up a entirely new world of sounds. Computer create sounds that we normally could not emulate in the physical world. Computer sounds have their own kind of uniqueness that give them appeal.


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