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Do you consider the laptop to be a musical instrument?

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As in "no matter how hard you blow, bow(excepted) or suck a" Theremin - your gunna make a big mess and probably get electrocuted
Ha now I get it very subtle Eddie, this electricity thingy can be a dangerous thingy in fact it should be banned and not allowed in the presence of proper musicians. :mad:
 

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Laptop itself? no
Certain interfaces on and with software? well yes, some interfaces can be interacted with and used to create unique sounds in real-time. (and also taking into consideration things that link up with interfaces that you can use in conjunction)
 

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Laptop itself? no
Certain interfaces on and with software? well yes, some interfaces can be interacted with and used to create unique sounds in real-time. (and also taking into consideration things that link up with interfaces that you can use in conjunction)
You got it Flutter :) I am surprised that no one else seems interested in postings, I bet if Some Guy was still around he would have a go, but so be it.
 

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Without laptops or computers, the current music production would fall silent. So, simple as it is, laptops are used as musical instruments. A synthesizer is also just a disguised laptop with a keyboard.
The industry was producing music long before PC were around and using a PC to record and then assist in the production of a copy of that music does not class it as a musical instrument, the same applies to the humble tape recorder.
 

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If you're using a laptop to make music, then it is a musical instrument. People do use them in live performance.

For example:
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.:tiphat:
 

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Computers are by nature not designed for specific applications
But musical instruments are, their sole purpose is to facilitate the making of music no more no less.
They are probably the most multi-purpose device ever created. And if you look at the names of companies who make computerized devices, you might find that some have "Instruments" in their names. I worked for one such company myself.
I have a HP lap top and a DELL desk top they were not intended or purchased to make music, all of my friends have computers and they are not for making music, they are simply computers.

So if it can load and run software that generates music electronically and outputs an audio signal, it can be a musical instrument
All instruments require artifice for human use - while the wind can blow through the trees and make a sound that we cannot make, we can take a piece of the tree and shape it to make a sound the tree cannot make. So the computer is just another approach to the art of transforming something into an instrument.
It cannot be a wind or string instrument or even a drum, if your program converts the PC key pad into a musical keyboard you would need miraculous fingers to play even the simplest of melodies and chords
 
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Anything that can produce music is a musical instrument. You can produce music by pressing keys on a piano, or by writing code. While people argue the semantics of "musical instrument" most of the music people listen to today is produced with computers.
 

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Anything that can produce music is a musical instrument. You can produce music by pressing keys on a piano, or by writing code. While people argue the semantics of "musical instrument" most of the music people listen to today is produced with computers.
I disagree, a tin can is made to contain something the fact that some guy in a deserted warehouse bashes a beat out of it does not make it a musical instrument, if I stamp my foot in accompaniment to music that I am listening to does change the fact that a foot is a foot is a foot, and how do you come to the conclusion that that computers are the most producers of music? do you mean after the musicians have performed the computer is used to convert the sound to hard copy or what?
 
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I disagree, a tin can is made to contain something the fact that some guy in a deserted warehouse bashes a beat out of it does not make it a musical instrument, if I stamp my foot in accompaniment to music that I am listening to does change the fact that a foot is a foot is a foot, and how do you come to the conclusion that that computers are the most producers of music? do you mean after the musicians have performed the computer is used to convert the sound to hard copy or what?
Turn on the radio you will mostly hear music assembled from audio samples or synthesized sounds assembled on computers. Now I will save you some typing and anticipate your objection that "that's not music." :)
 

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Turn on the radio you will mostly hear music assembled from audio samples or synthesized sounds assembled on computers. Now I will save you some typing and anticipate your objection that "that's not music." :)
The radio stations that I listen to would be 95% acoustic classical on the odd occasion there will be a program on electronic music which does not interest me, the stations are from all over the world, so not by any stretch of the imagination would you call it mostly.
 
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