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Thread #119547   Message #2599307
Posted By: Goose Gander
28-Mar-09 - 01:10 PM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
"In selecting a sound by editing & sampling (so hardly random) and treating this via Ableton Live (not so much a computer programme as a way of life with a tradition & community all of its own) I am, in terms of the 1954 Definition, evolving a music from rudimentary beginnings and re-fashioning and re-creating that music (with respect of the community) to give it its folk character."

A rubber ducky? OK, maybe I should have said 'found sounds' - is that terminology still current?

". . . not so much a computer programme as a way of life with a tradition & community all of its own . . ."

A way of life? Good grief. But where is the 'folk process' at work upon your composition? Do you mean this as a metaphor? Because I honestly do not understand what you mean. Traditions take time to develop, the folk process takes time. It's not something you put together in a afternoon with a rubber ducky and a laptop.

Here's an idea: Early 20th century fiddle music in North America used repetition of commonly known melodies, floating lyrics, drone notes, etc. Musicians would 'sample' bits and pieces of popular tunes and work them into new compositions. Similar principles are used in the production of contemporary 21st century dance music. Therefore, Fiddle Music is Techno. Right?

Your definition of Folk, as I understand it, follows a similar logic.