[Smt-talk] Frank Zappa And The Importance Of Music Technology For the Composer In The Modern Era

CARSON FARLEY ccfarley at embarqmail.com
Fri Dec 12 18:10:19 PST 2014

I would like to share this link with the group. It is a series of interviews about Frank Zappa the composer and his work with the Digital Synclavier synthesizer and the relevance of music technology for the modern composer especially in relation to getting complex difficult works performed by conventional orchestras/musicians - the enormous cost and expenses, programming obstacles, etc. It also addresses the issue of immediate feedback for the composer in the creation of a musical work available with technology - not as so many critics claim as a crutch for those who lack musical skills. The discussion of the Synclavier is in the first nine minutes of the piece. 


Carson Farley 
University of Washington Alumnus - music theory/history 
Composer, cellist, theorist 

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