Re: How To Evaluate - more

Michael Newton (
Sun, 15 Jun 1997 16:44:53 +0800 (WST)

> So if I take Bb's cheesy solos and record them - load it into my computer.
> PRocess it so that the lenght of the piece is 3 times what it was, I make
> the chessy solo sound very distorted and I layer multiple processed
> versions of the material into a larger mix. Then I add a 909 kick drum loop
> and and sample an Egyptian classical singer and throw it on top.
> IS this innovative? Is it new? ALl these things have existed already - I am
> just altering them and combining them in a new way. Let;s say it is
> innovative, how would we jusdge if it was worth listening to?

If you have combined and altered in a new way, then you could say the
product is new, even if the materials used are not new.

To say its not would be like using the same ingredients used to cook It seems to me that there is no single way of evaluating, or judging. What
evaluation you give depends on what 'scene' you are involved in. (for want
of a better word, but I can't think of one right now.) To search for a
method of evaluation seems to be a waste of time. It's like one religion
particular dish, but in a different way, and then calling it the same dish.
Then how do you evaluate this? That depends on any number of things -
education, religion, upbringing, influences of whatever culture you're in.

For example, the Egyptian singer may take the point of view that you've
trashed her art, someone else may love it for whatever reason.

The point is that there's no one way of evaluating, or a language for
evaluating. Asking "how" seems to imply there may be, unless everyone
sends in their criteria for evaluation one at a time to be argued over.
That may beat out a general consensus. But do we want that?