[music-dsp] Boulez

Adam Puckett adotsdothmusic at gmail.com
Sat Feb 25 09:40:59 EST 2012

Would it be possible to design a callback that dynamically filled the
buffer as it was being called, or if the buffer didn't exist, create
it and put one sample in it? that way there wouldn't be any "dropped
calls" in the process. Or am I missing something?

On 2/25/12, Charles Turner <vze26m98 at optonline.net> wrote:
> On Feb 25, 2012, at 6:34 AM, Andy Farnell wrote:
>> And whereas I do agree with Pierre Boulez here, maybe it
>> is misguided to turn to reductionism and simplicity for
>> their own sake. It may be equally hopeless to embark
>> on a quest for authenticity this way.
> Hi Andy-
> I should apologize for hastily listing the publication date of the book. The
> book collects his Darmstadt lectures from 1954-56, so it comes from a much
> earlier time. I don't think Boulez would have changed his mind on things
> though. Sounds like you come from a much more "Schaefferian" era.
> Isn't the point not to take sides, but recognize the tension? Cultures that
> are busily exploring harmonic relations, haven't simultaneously plunged deep
> into the world of rhythm. Music is just too big a subject, and some of its
> properties exist in a dialectical relation to others. Although we all enjoy
> a sweet dessert, we don't put sugar in everything. (Unless you're the Nestle
> company!)
> My point was that the checkpoint raised by callbacks feeding a sample buffer
> may come from resistances outside the technical world. Boulez sees timbre as
> the enemy of harmony. Could very well be that the callback is the result of
> a cultural outlook, and not the result of engineering design…
> Best, Charles
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