Pioneering Composer Paul Lansky Quits Electronic Music

Paul Lansky, a titanic name in classical computer music, Princeton professor, and real-time algorithmic pioneer, has gone acoustic. He’s also known in more popular circles for having been musically quoted on Radiohead’s Kid A. The New York Times reports: After 35 years immersed in the world of computer music, the composer Paul Lansky talks with wonder about the enormous capacities of primitive objects carved from trees or stamped from metal sheets: violins, cellos, trumpets, pianos. "To create the sound of a violin – wow!" he said in a recent interview. "I can’t do that on a computer." Paul Lansky: An …

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MIDI Jacks, Radio Shack, Economic Theory, and Invisible Hands

What is the sound of an invisible hand playing a MIDI controller? Yes, in the latest evidence that the Interwebs really are Douglas Adams’ imagined Infinite Improbability Drive, a conversation from CDM’s humble forums about the economics of Radio Shack and MIDI jacks has led to a blog response from a non-musician defending the true legacy of Adam Smith. I’m serious. I’m not just, you know, dumbing down CDM and pandering to the economist audience to pick up cute economist girls. The blogger also feels our forum poster say “dude” too much. Like, whatever. Don’t have a cow, man. It …

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