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Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema

pg. 214

The light show people are doing a lot of wonderful sensory things, but I feel there must come insight into what is riot seen now—an understanding of a whole new area of conceptual form. The light show people are doing something like an infant pounding on the keys of a piano. Sometimes it can be very creative and terribly exciting. But in the long run, looking at it as an adult, it's just banging away at the piano without training. We know that someone who plays a Beethoven sonata maybe has been sharpening his sensibilities and manual dexterity with that one piece for seven or eight years. That's the way I see the relationship between computer aesthetics and contemporary light shows.


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