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    Senior Member Flamme's Avatar
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    Strangely But Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Ante View Post
    I know what you mean but I disagree.
    So a wind machine used in an alpine symphony is a musical inst, a Cannon used in the 1812 overture is a musical inst an ambient sound in 4.33 etc etc.
    If you use a violin to play table tennis does that make it a table tennis bat?
    Lots of things can be used to do other tasks other than that which it was designed for but they remain whatever it was that it was designed for.
    Neither my desk top or lap top can make music as in their original condition.
    This is a non-comprehension of the nature of computers. What if I had a tool that could be morphed in to a violin, or a crescent wrench? Then all this violin/ping-pong analogy becomes meaningless.

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    Are tape recorders musical instruments? What if I tape a violin solo, and then play it back? It's making music, right?

    A laptop is only the casing. Depending on the type, a computer could be a synthetic instrument or an instrument emulator, but it's a different kind of beast than a violin.

    Are houses chairs? I can sit on a house, so yes. Prove it wrong.

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    'Listen, Mister god!
    Isn't it boring
    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    I would consider the software on the laptop or other computer to be individual instruments. Each software synthesizer I load is its own instrument and its orchestration must be considered just like any other instrument.

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    In an electronic music course I took back in college the definition given to music was "organized sound". That could mean anything-- even RAP! So, I guess you could organize dropping your laptop on the floor and call that music.
    I voted no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMHeimer View Post
    In an electronic music course I took back in college the definition given to music was "organized sound". That could mean anything-- even RAP! So, I guess you could organize dropping your laptop on the floor and call that music.
    I voted no.
    Given that ordinary speech is organized sound, that definition is awful.

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    Seeing as though the universe exists inside of a laptop, I'd bargain to say it's the only musical instrument.

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