A piano is a piano is... (at)

Subject: A piano is a piano is...
From:    at <lseltzerPHOENIX.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 14 Oct 1998 13:00:37 -0400

If one is going to challenge, from an ethnomusicological point of view, the idea that an acoustic piano, as opposed to an electronic piano, is the "real" piano, then cultural theory is wreaking havoc upon the traditional way ethnomusicologists classify instruments. From the latter point of view a piano is a plucked zither. Some piano synthesis algorithms do not even model a plucked zither. So if the definition of the piano is to be expanded, who wins, the anthropologists or the organologists? Linda Seltzer Email to AUDITORY should now be sent to AUDITORY(at)lists.mcgill.ca LISTSERV commands should be sent to listserv(at)lists.mcgill.ca Information is available on the WEB at http://www.mcgill.ca/cc/listserv

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