June 27, 1998 (Sat.) from 3:30 p.m. [Finished]
With the emergence of sampling machines
(samplers) in the 1980s, music and music production have changed greatly.
Notable changes are the switchover to CD from the conventional form
of music media, and digitalization of the production environment as
exemplified in desk-top music and hard disk recording. It is natural
that the change in the media should induce a change in the composer's
environment and approach. The recent music and its production environment
are creating something special that could not have been conceived
before the days of digitalization. In this situation, network technology
is giving rise to a new phase of music production.
German techno group OVAL (Markus Popp)'s new release "dok"
was produced through file exchange with Christophe Charles, which
means that music produced by Christophe Charles is processed by Markus
Popp. Markus Popp has developed software called OVAL PROCESS for converting
all kinds of music into OVAL sounds. Although the OVAL PROCESS was
not used for "dok," every part of the piece sounds like
OVAL. This is an instance of an artist disclosing his production environment
and production process (OVAL PROCESS) by presenting a system which
enables everyone to produce similar works. This may be regarded as
a new concept of sampling in the sense that it is an act of digesting
rather than sharing the production process.
A similar concept is put into shape in the world of computer software
under a project called GNU. A group named GNUsic Project experiments
with the music production environment on the network and proposes
the concept of "copyleft" instead of copyright. A member
of the group, Akihiro Kubota, says, "Even if musicians have different
views on life and music, it must be possible for them to share the
same process (or part of it) of reaching their goal." Are they
trying not only to complete their work as the final form of expression
but also to enjoy the process of producing that work and all things
related to production?
Sponsor: NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC)
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