October 2, 2006

No Jarre Required...

by Chris Randall
 



It's funny because just today Adam and I were having a discussion about alternative controllers and the construction thereof, and he said (and I paraphrase) that while alternative controllers were nice and all, the music that results is usually pretty whack. I mentioned Jarre's laser harp as quod erat demonstrandum (an observation for which I will no doubt be pilloried by AI readers who like that sort of mind-numbingly tedious dreck) and then, lo and furthermore hark, I stumble upon this.


When I see phrases like "[t]he use of light instead of a physical string plays with our perception of space and matter" I automatically think "oh, god, here we go again." I seem to be one of the few people that believe that perceiving space and matter is hard enough normally, without grad students fucking with it all the time. But this particular iteration of the oft-recurring laser harp and its ilk is actually semi-nifty. If you look at it as a sonic sculpture or installation, rather than the world's most ridiculous musical instrument, it kind of seems like something that wouldn't be a bad time.

 
 
 

4 comments:

 
 

 
Oct.02.2006 @ 11:14 PM
neilium
This is something my dad would call "peas on the cob": take something bland and make it harder to eat.
 
 

 
Oct.04.2006 @ 12:19 AM
afreshcupofjoe
One year, I will go to Burning Man, and it will be awesome.
 
 

 
Oct.04.2006 @ 12:57 AM
RexRhino
Man, Jarre's name alone is enough to totally nuke a thread. I was hoping there would be some interesting feedback of laser harp gadgets that people had made, or something.
 
 

 
Oct.07.2006 @ 1:23 PM
jt
"I seem to be one of the few people that believe that perceiving space and matter is hard enough normally, without grad students fucking with it all the time."

Fortunately I had just swallowed otherwise I'd be washing coffee off of my pristine Cinema displays.

 
 

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