[-empyre-] response to Anna Friz

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Thu Jun 19 12:06:25 EST 2014

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> On Jun 18, 2014, at 4:15 PM, Ryan Alexander Diduck <lunarlodge at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Hi Anna, and everyone;
> Yours is a great question. Some colleagues of mine, though, have found the opposite -- where new technological innovations are frowned upon within more traditional academic musical and artistic spheres -- and have difficultly accessing grants and other kinds of committee-dependent resources. At the moment, I am studying the cultural history of MIDI, and am often surprised when I hear tell of digital instruments and tools viewed as somehow less legitimate than 'pen and pencil' instruments. There are cases on either side of this argument: artists doing profoundly status-quo work with "innovative" technologies; and others expending what is possible with more traditional instruments. An example from the latter camp that comes to mind is Colin Stetson, the Montreal-based horn player who makes unexpected and incredible noises with minimal technological intervention. Is Stetson's the kind of innovation you're hoping to see more of?
> Best, Ryan
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