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Why would I need an arpeggiator ? I am a guitar player (acoustic classical) and do write my compositions using lilypond, which can even generate MIDI files from my partiture.
What is this used for ? Can't you write arpeggios in rosegarden and such ?
Seriously, I missed the point completely.
Posted Mar 11, 2010 22:50 UTC (Thu) by samlh (subscriber, #56788)
The program reviewed in the article is not entirely suited for live performance, but I am interested in the other two programs he plans to review.
Perhaps they would not be useful for you, but they are an interesting music creation tool.
Linux Arpeggiators, Part 1 (Linux Journal)
Posted Mar 11, 2010 23:11 UTC (Thu) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
Posted Mar 12, 2010 8:24 UTC (Fri) by gowen (guest, #23914)
Why would I need an arpeggiator ? I am a guitar player (acoustic classical) and do write my compositions using lilypond.
They're mobility scooters for the musically bereft.
Posted Mar 12, 2010 10:12 UTC (Fri) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Posted Mar 12, 2010 12:39 UTC (Fri) by sbakker (subscriber, #58443)
They're mobility scooters for the musically bereft.
Posted Mar 12, 2010 13:28 UTC (Fri) by gowen (guest, #23914)
You sketch a chord progression, and the software fills in the difficult bits -- like producing a film treatment and then buying some script-writing software that uses bits of old film dialogue to turn it into a screenplay. (I'm fairly certain this is how they wrote Avatar).
If you want to make a vocal analogy, its with "autotune" -- it lowers the bar to participation, by removing the elements of the craft that require skill, talent and/or dedication. In some ways, that's not a bad thing -- but in some ways it most definitely is.
It has a similar relationship to composing as Guitar Hero has to musicianship. I like Guitar Hero, but being good at it is not the same as being a musician.
Posted Mar 12, 2010 13:53 UTC (Fri) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
Posted Mar 13, 2010 19:21 UTC (Sat) by alvieboy (subscriber, #51617)
Then you can use all sort of tools (and even instruments). You don't need to know how to play any instrument to become a composer. You don't need to be a composer to play any instrument. That's the beauty of it.
I feel we're getting to the point that musicians/composers:
1) Don't know music
2) Don't play any musical instrument
That scares the hell out of me.
Posted Mar 14, 2010 15:49 UTC (Sun) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Fundamentally all humans who are not tone-deaf or otherwise medically
deficient have some kind of ability with music: it's innate. Vast numbers
of children tootle out extemporized tunes. I see no problem at all with
making it easier for people to produce music without needing to learn as
much first. Complaining about this smacks of elitism to me.
Just mechanical aids
Posted Mar 14, 2010 21:54 UTC (Sun) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Posted Mar 15, 2010 22:24 UTC (Mon) by alvieboy (subscriber, #51617)
I have to disagree. Actually those who exhibit disabilities in some areas are extremely good at music and other opposed areas. For example, invisuals. I know a few, they have excellent musical abilities, with no exception. And they also play musical instruments.
I don't either, as long as that really helps them understanding music and improving their knowledge.
Sorry if I gave that impression. I'm just trying to understand the reason.
Many friends of mine are able to play a musical instrument. None of them knows anything about music. Why ? They don't care. They know enough to play a little on their own, compose their own musics, always focusing on the instrument.
However, musical knowledge (notation, instruments, so on...) gives you a wider range of artistic abilities. I can only compose for a few instruments, those I played myself. I wish I knew more, I wish I knew everything about instruments, notations, so on. I do not.
I had music lessons. On public schools. Those helped me a lot. Here, in Portugal, public schools teach music, at least the very basic of it. Those impaired are often given even more teachings about the subject.
I hate bad music (99% what comes out of any radio station unfortunately). I am a lousy performer, and a lousy composer. But, each new thing I learn about it, each new technique I use on the instrument, makes me feel happy.
Posted Mar 16, 2010 10:13 UTC (Tue) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
Posted Mar 22, 2010 22:46 UTC (Mon) by jzbiciak (✭ supporter ✭, #5246)
Yeah, just look at how CasioChord ruined everything. Oh, wait, it didn't.
If anything, tools that make the basics easier raise the bar for the true artists, because they can spend their talents on the truly difficult parts rather than get bogged down with the mundane.
Sure, it also increases the pool of participation, and yes, you'll get a lot more of schlock in there. Just as high-level languages and app-builders allow plenty of people who have little business writing software to produce some truly horrid code and ship it, many of these same tools allow experts to focus on the truly difficult bits rather than get bogged down in unnecessary noise. Very few of us program in machine code any more.
Posted Mar 12, 2010 14:21 UTC (Fri) by nlucas (subscriber, #33793)
Posted Mar 16, 2010 13:16 UTC (Tue) by jrigg (subscriber, #30848)
Seriously, a tool is only a tool. Those with talent are likely to make better use of it than those without.
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