Last week I brought back my weekly segment called “Is This Music?” According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Philosophy of music is the study of fundamental questions about the nature of music and our experience of it. In keeping with these questions, every week I will post a video or link to a piece of “music” that begs the question, “Is this music?” Playtonic Dialogues is all about sparking discourse so please make a case for why X piece is or is not music. Without further ado…
The iPhone. While I do not have one, I am very aware of its existence and envy capabilities. Yesterday my coworker showed me an application which takes dictation and converts it into text. I’d love to have a mobile stenographer. Additionally, I have seen videos of the handy applications for iPhones that can turn you into T-Pain and allow you to play MGMT’s Kids. However, larger than having a novelty plaything, iPhones are now being used as musical instruments in a new course at the University of Michigan. The following video gives some background into this “first of its kind class”:
Also, here is a video of the class’ performance:
To find out more about this topic, check out this article.