[LAU] The democratization on music might not always be a good thing...
zotz at 100jamz.com
Thu Nov 4 15:13:05 UTC 2010
On Thursday 04 November 2010 10:43:12 you wrote:
> Hi Drew,
> On Thu, 4 Nov 2010 10:12:57 -0400
> drew Roberts <zotz at 100jamz.com> wrote:
> > On Wednesday 03 November 2010 19:28:29 Leigh Dyer wrote:
> > > I don't think there's any point worrying about music production
> > > getting "too easy" or "too accessible" -- the ship probably sailed
> > > on that when Tascam released the Portastudio, or when Dave Smith
> > > and friends created MIDI. People have been making trite music with
> > > the best equipment money can by for years, and others have been
> > > making interesting music with toys and junk for just as long. If
> > > this helps people express musical ideas that they'd been unable to
> > > express beforehand, then that's fantastic.
> > To me, one of the problems comes down to the split between musical
> > appreciation and creation and the technical abilities needed to
> > perform what is imagined / conceived.
> > Imagine if a novelist or poet had to practice for years to gain
> > mastery over the pencil or keyboard in the same way a musician has to
> > practice to gain mastery over their instrument.
> I see that analogy as very fitting but the conclusion as simply wrong. A
> novelist or poet does, indeed, spend years (a lifetime even) gaining a
> mastery of not only the "pencil",
I don't agree with this but let's remove even that and give them a personal
recorder and a secretary to transcribe what they have written. So, the pencil
mastery is no longer needed.
> but also the words and sentence
But this is more parallel to the music side of things and not the mastery of
the instrument side of things surely?
> My 8-year old daughter will attest to the difficulty
> involved and the years it takes to master moving her writing instrument
> to produce the correct glyph--not to mention putting all those glyphs
> together to form words, sentences and ultimately a coherent story that
> expresses her intent.
Well, my son had enough facility with the crayon to make letters from a very
And again, isn't the rest more on the music side of things as I mention above?
> > Tech that makes it easier to produce what is conceived are no more
> > dangerous to good music than is to move to a pencil from a stone
> > chisel and hammer.
> This is agree with wholeheartedly.
And yet I think we often have a fear of this and think it might give someone a
mastery over the other side. It is as if e fear excellent voice recognition
software will let anyone write the next great novel. Probably mostly when we
are not thinking clearly but the fear seems to find expression often enough.
all the best,
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