There is a discussion going on on the Wiard forum about what music is and if the classification music is unfair to what we do. I am oversimplifying the discussion , but I was expecially interested in a comment that film composer Gary Chang wrote because I think it hits the nail on the head about what I do. I would be interested in hearing views of those of you on this forum. Here it is quoted without Gary's permission.
With all due respect, every "musician" and "composer" - electronic or
otherwise deals with the existing and prevailing opinions about what
music is. Personally, as a music pro, I can tell you that music that
you make simply grows feet and walks away and has its own life. All
that music is is folklore and mythology.
I have a metaphorical tale that I often use to illustrate this....
Composers like to stand in the middle of the stream - feeling the
currents and energy around us. This, of course, is much to the
puzzlement of those onlookers on the shore, who think that this is
Then, one day, a fish swims into our pocket. Now the onlookers think
- "oh, that's it - he's a fisherman!" And whenever they see us, they
talk about the big fish that we have caught.
But all we really want to do is to stand out in the middle of the
What music is about is excuses - excuses to spend all of our time and
money on music. Everything else is really the rhetoric of onlookers -
talking about big fish.