John Rockwell, "Computers Call the Tune"


John Rockwell, "Computers Call the Tune at the Kitchen."

New York Times (June 11, 1974)

In this extensive article, John Rockwell discusses computer music as a genre, and the computer as a tool, stating that a computer never creates music, but only performs tasks given to it by a human programmer. After a general discussion, Rockwell reviews the second International Computer Art Festival and finds the material on display somewhat unadventurous. He urges artists creating music with computers to avoid seeking to replicate live instrumental sounds, but to dig deeper into the potential of their tool, the computer. He suggests that the more active a role the computer takes in the creative process, the better the result. The article discusses works by Frank Brickle, John Melby, Randall, Emmanuel Ghent, and Charles Dodge.