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Poll: Is the computer an instrument?

Is the computer an instrument?

  • Yes

    Votes: 85 72.6%
  • No

    Votes: 32 27.4%

  • Total voters
    117

novaburst

Senior Member
The question is uncomplete. "Musical" instrument ? If so, NO.
This of course is the correct answer, there are many instruments but have nothing to do with music, so if I used word and excel and a graphic software and never at one time used any music software would you have ask the same question no you would not,

Are you now gong to say is your computer a secretary because I use word and excel and draft up the project meetings every day, no

What the computer is, is simply a host that can host what ever you want but because you may create music every day with it does not change what it is, the computer loads your instruments that's it, weather it be standalone or through your DAW,

So a more correct question would be is your cumputer an intelligent storage device.
 

Pietro

Senior Member
Is piano an instrument? Yes. However, it can also double as an expensive table. It's the use for music, that makes it a musical instrument.

Same goes for a computer. I doubt the question was if any computer can be called an instrument. We are on a musicians forum. Computer here is a set of devices, equiped with musical software and proper input interface purposed for music creation. So again, yes. Or are we talking about office computers and pianos, guitars or violins without strings? Which you can definitely still use as an instrument btw (all of the above). Even a computer without OS. And turned off (I'm taking it to the extremes on purpose).

I would have more doubts if anyone asked me if a flute in vacuum can still be called an instrument.

- Piotr
 

novaburst

Senior Member
Is piano an instrument? Yes. However, it can also double as an expensive table. It's the use for music, that makes it a musical instrument.

Same goes for a computer. I doubt the question was if any computer can be called an instrument. We are on a musicians forum. Computer here is a set of devices, equiped with musical software and proper input interface purposed for music creation. So again, yes. Or are we talking about office computers and pianos, guitars or violins without strings? Which you can definitely still use as an instrument btw (all of the above). Even a computer without OS. And turned off (I'm taking it to the extremes on purpose).

I would have more doubts if anyone asked me if a flute in vacuum can still be called an instrument.

- Piotr
Yes and how long is a peace of string this augment can go on until Judgment ....knock your self out dude
 
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