Partch on Electronic Sounds

“Electronics for its own sounds’ sake is a resource that one would be stupid to dismiss, but the implication is irrelevant, even misleading. It says that music is a pure art of sound, for people with ears, but with little else— no eyes, no nerve endings anywhere but the ears, no interrelated functions. And as a matter of fact much electronic music leaves the impression that this IS the attitude in which sounds are composed. It says that the functional shape of an instrument is not important as a sculptural object, and that the techniques developed on it, because of its particular virtues and its particular defects, are obsolescent. That the physical, sensual vision of the playing of it is no longer required.” – Harry Partch


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