Linux Arpeggiators, Part 1 (Linux Journal)
Posted Mar 12, 2010 13:28 UTC (Fri) by gowen
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That's a really unapt analogy. Musical instruments make a different sound, and have widely different ranges and timbres, than vocal chords and, of course, many of them are polyphonic. Arpeggiators do not make a different sound, they merely choose the ordering and timings for notes based on guidelines the composer gives them. But arranging the timings and orders of those notes is 99% of what is difficulat about writing an interesting composition.
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.
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