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Joseph Butch Rovan (Joseph.Butch.Rovan@ircam.fr)
Wed, 4 Jun 1997 02:26:25 +0200

>>Well, the sandwiches sound great. Thanks for the info, it's really
>interesting (I'm not being sarcastic). When I mentioned Boulez what I meant
>is exactly what you said... the man conducts, but who wants to listen to his
>music? Most people don't. It only appeals to a limited audience with the
>elite knowledge, the training to understand the context of its creation.

I'm guilty on all counts. Though truthfully, I don't often come home and
say "how about some Boulez?" But I think a lot of new music, including
French, is interesting. I prefer the American's sense of recklessness,
though.

By the way, equating Boulez with Ircam is not entirely accurate anymore.
He's retired, and doesn't run the place anymore. On top of that, there is
an honest attempt to bridge this gap between the public and the kind of
music and research that goes on in Ircam (I don't know anything about the
military stuff; the most dangerous thing I've seen is a pair of rubber lips
hooked up to an apparutus to study how lips oscillate while playing
trumpet. Actually, its really cool.) Anyway, today we just finished two
straight days of a "Seminaire de Reflexion," which was an in-house
brainstorming session (everyone in the building involved) in how Ircam can
be improved and made more relevant to the public. People here are concerned
about the kinds of issues you raised.

That's what I have to say about Ircam. I don't want this to turn into a
soapbox, so I'll leave it at this, and go turn on my sampler!

Regards,
Butch

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