Serial Approaches in Electronic Music

3 criticisms for the music being “unmusical”

1) the music is emotionless and non-creative

2) it represents non-musical game playing due to its mathematical, mechanistic nature

3) it cannot be distinguished from random processes

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•    finds both approaches [ie, European, Babbitt] lacking

•    musical events aren’t linked organically with those that precede, follow

•    refers to an external structure: one by laws of chance, the other a predetermined plan; connections are mechanistic

•    this music is composed prescriptively; events there only because they have to be