[Microsound-announce] MUTE article on PD + free software

derek holzer derek at x-i.net
Wed Apr 6 15:51:44 EDT 2005

Give It All, Zero For Rules! by Mattin


On the 13-14th of December 2004 Mute hosted a Pure Data workshop in East
London. Musician and PD abuser Mattin gives a breakdown of the themes of
the workshop, surveys some artists and artists groups using PD, and
scrutinises the relationship of free software to 'free', experimental
and improvised music.


'I used a lot of cracked commercial software for a lot of years when
doing sound and I always got a couple of feelings out of it. One feeling
was that you get these fancy programs with these fancy user interfaces,
but at the end the more they have created this environment that's very
easy for you to use, the more they've actually determined the kind of
work you can make with it. If you look at a program like Ableton Live
which is used by probably about eighty percent of people making sound
and performing out live these days, it seems like. It's good for a very
few things, it's good for working with loops, putting effects on these
loops and sequencing them, but it pushes you in one creative direction,
it pushes you into making a certain kind of music, really it pushes you
towards German techno more than anything else.' Derek Holzer

'I smashed a G4 laptop computer one time.' Jason Forrest (aka Donna Summer)


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