From : Michiru Aoyama
Computers have advanced at an alarming rate.
As the CPU and memory performance of an ordinary computer is now a million times higher than what it was 30 years ago, it has become possible to process a lot of information in real time.
This is innovation.
I feel that in the last 10 years, the act of processing sound has become physically possible.
Playing a musical instrument is a highly physical thing – the little physical sensations and intuitions involved in the act of performing construct the performer's individuality.
So what about computers, then?
With the computer specifications of 10 years ago, one could only manage a considerable alteration - far from what we might call physical.
It was something akin to spilling paint.
Now, however, things are different.
There are countless canvases, paints, and other coloring materials, and the physical manipulation of sound has become possible.
This means that one ought to be able to use that technology to make entirely new music, the likes of which have not been heard before.
The general public's impression of electronic music may be that it is cold, or somewhat inhuman.
I'd like to be able to encounter a lot of music that changes that impression.
From : Gonima
Computers allow a new kind of experimental approach to music-making, performance and composition. They generate random outputs and we can guide them so that they make musical decisions for us. Sometimes it's like working with another musician in a band; the computer "suggests" new ideas (melodies, rhythms, harmonies, timbres) that the musician wouldn't have come up with on their own.
Computer musicians have access to an infinite stream of new sounds via the internet. We can sample from anywhere, and download recordings of almost anything to use in our compositions. Sometimes sounds are played side-by-side or over top of each other, but with a common home computer we can also move through them freely and shape them beyond recognition.
Once we've created these sounds and musical ideas, most popular music software shows our sounds visually on a timeline where the musician can click and drag to arrange them. This way of working allows for very precise editing down to small fractions of seconds. It's possible to play back the same few seconds of music over and over, making changes until we're satisfied.
When I make music using the computer screen, sometimes I use my eyes more than our ears. I look at the timeline and it scrolls by, a thin cursor representing the present moment, marching forwards towards the future and leaving the past behind. It feels different than playing a physical instrument, where time melts away.
From :Corrado Maria De Santis
I got into the use of computer music to reach new possibilities. In my experience electronics have been very important to my creative process, it gives me the opportunity to manipulate sound through new textures and directions. It’s a different way to interact with my musical ideas. I play the electric guitar and I still feel like everything starts from the instrument in my hands, but it is very interesting how I can go through using my digital equipment, guitar pedals and more. It’s like I can get to a hidden deeper essence.
I don’t have a very academic approach at all, everything is very emotional, certain feelings and certain atmospheres guide me somehow. It happens during my live performances or during my recording sessions, I always need to keep a door opened to new possibilities, computer music really gives me the idea of no boundaries. I guess I’m searching for and building up my own grammar, I think every musician does or should do this, and computer music seems to really be a part of what you could call my style or a certain sound I am looking forward to constantly improving.