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Art and Technology

Art and Technology

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Uncommon | In common. High tech tools have become a means for both creating and communicating art. For some of the symposium panelists, this poses a mixed blessing. Evan Ziporyn describes the evolution of his musical composition –as well as many of his contemporaries' – with the emergence of synthesizers, and labor-saving software for writing and transcribing. "I was in the tail end of an era where to be a composer you studied harmony, counterpoint, and calligraphy," says Ziporyn. "Composing was interwoven with penmanship – it was like how medieval monks learned how to make illuminated manuscripts." Now, Ziporyn says, he sits at a desk and computer workstation, getting his computer to work with a Midi keyboard. One down side of computer... Show More
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