Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bright Idea

How's this: an 'educative' version of Rock Band, in which players are required to reconstruct slightly more difficult numbers. On the easiest difficulty setting, this includes Cage's 4'33". The second-highest setting includes Mauricio Kagel's Match, Faust's Concerto for Voice and Machinery, and the entirety of AMM's hour-plus 'Newfoundland'. Pity the poor guy who has to pretend to be John Tilbury. Worse yet is the final difficulty setting: Cornelius Cardew's Treatise.


Anonymous Si Fridge said...

Run that idea with the developers and see what they'd think. I'd buy it but then stop playing it with the realisation that I could play these pieces on actual instruments better than on the game.

February 14, 2009 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

It's interesting you should say that - I was watching some guys in my halls play 'Rock Band' when the realisation hit me: all you're trying to do in the game is perfectly recreate the original recording; bum notes are rendered as deviations from the template. Hence my scalding irony. It's retro-rockism writ large: there is nothing but the archive; don't play just because you enjoy making sound, don't explore. The latter two are the entire purpose of improvised and indeterminate music; if you wanted to perform AMM's 'Newfoundland' properly, you would improvise.

Anyway, they missed Slayer and Van Halen off 'Rock Band', and it is hence highly incomplete.

February 15, 2009 at 2:12 AM  
Blogger kek-w said...

And if you wanted to do 4' 33' 'properly' you wouldn't *do* it at all.

February 15, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Dan said...


February 15, 2009 at 1:25 PM  

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