[LAU] The democratization on music might not always be a good thing...

drew Roberts 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 
> structure.

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 
early age.

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.
> David

all the best,


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