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    The notion that a laptop is a musical instrument is silly. This generation is so obsessed with being edgy they'll try to turn anything into a "musical instrument".
    "I liked your opera. I think I will set it to music." - Beethoven

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    No, and neither is a metronome (Ligeti!)
    I am guy. Say hi to guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    Stravinsky wrote an original composition for it. It was later transcribed for orchestra as one of the "Four Etudes".
    Composing for a pianola is like composing for an ipod.
    ...had he composed it on a pianola. Sure. No problem...bit lazy though. Not sure how much credit Igor should deserve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    Composing for a pianola is like composing for an ipod.
    ...had he composed it on a pianola. Sure. No problem...bit lazy though. Not sure how much credit Igor should deserve.
    Composed at and played at an acoustic piano, 'inputted' if you will by the same means.
    Leon Nancarrow hand-punched the actual piano rolls, much like drawing on a midi graph to have it set for playback (which is basically an electronic analog of the old player piano roll, which ran on vacuum pump.)

    If you know what it is like to 'draw in' a complex work on a midi graph, you would not call any of these processes "lazy." :-)
    Last edited by PetrB; Jan-11-2014 at 12:17.

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    A recent post in my blog's unusual concertos series:

    Concerto for iPad and orchestra by Ned McGowan.
    Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen! Ewig ... ewig ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    Composing for a pianola is like composing for an ipod.
    ...had he composed it on a pianola. Sure. No problem...bit lazy though. Not sure how much credit Igor should deserve.
    It's actually impossible to play on a piano...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    A recent post in my blog's unusual concertos series:

    Concerto for iPad and orchestra by Ned McGowan.
    If you consider a synthesizer an 'instrument' as we all do the first synthesizer, the organ, then maybe yes, the computer / iPod is 'an instrument.' I guess the semantic argument would be a little bit about whether the medium is the message, or merely the messenger boy.

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    I would say it is a music player rather than a musical instrument. You can label almost anything percussion if you can hit it and it makes a sound (though a laptop would more likely be junk percussion), but i wouldn't even label this under junk percussion. I see a musical instrument as something you can blow, strum, strike or scrape and a laptop is none of these things. So music player rather than instrument is what i'm going for

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    My dad used to say there was one musical instrument that he could play, - the radio. I think it was a bit of a joke.

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    In answer to the original question I would say no, as musical instruments don't tend to fizzle out after about five years.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakup View Post
    My dad used to say there was one musical instrument that he could play, - the radio. I think it was a bit of a joke.
    I'm wit you there!

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    Do you consider the laptop to be a musical instrument?

    The no is way ahead .
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    The University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway has an area of study where they have laptop as "main instrument"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    The University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway has an area of study where they have laptop as "main instrument"
    That's very progressive I say .
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    Depends on how it's being used.

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