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Re: [ARSCLIST] Temperament--was: Are we at the end of the road musically??

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Don Cox" <doncox@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> On 10/10/06, Bob Olhsson wrote:
> > From: "Don Cox" <doncox@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  wrote:
> >> Can you recommend any good sources of better information?
> > 
> > I learned from several piano tuners and the various great musicians
> > I've had the privilege of recording. There's an awful lot about music
> > that's still an oral tradition that's handed down from teacher to
> > student.
> People like you who have heard these oral traditions should document
> them before it's too late. 
> Then future generations  would be spared the struggles that people today 
> have when trying to find out how instruments were tuned and how they 
> were played in the 17th or 18th centuries.
> Write a book if there isn't one.
One wonders, though, how much longer it will be (considering all
our new sound recordings are digital) before musicians will be
playing instruments that are actually computer peripherals, or
have the computing power built into them...and that can
reproduce any sound that was made by their analog "ancestors"
as well as create totally new ones! There will probably be
a handful of traditionalists still playing old analog/
mechanical instruments...and endless debates on which
actually sounds "better!"

Steven C. Barr

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