sonicport+techfolder     Tue, Oct 12, 2010  Permanent link
Take a look at
Especially significant is the fact this music is designed to outlast our current technology. Building a survival instinct into a piece of music is just as relevant to digital work as it was hundreds of years ago, if not thousands as we instinctively value survival.

If you need different synth to try, check out Paul Miller's TX modular and let me know what you think of it. I have been beta testing it and have suggested some improvements based on physical needs I have reached. There are more changes to come, I have found the project really exciting. I have found that suddenly music is boring, design has become my music. You can hear the design in the music. You can find the links on my website.

So indeed a software patch which can be reproduced has a better chance of survival than a hardware unit, but it's lifetime is threatened by future format changes and ageing tools.

Self identifying such as your example 'I am the new John Cage' may not be enough to insure survival of music any longer, but electronic music's ability to survive still uses parasitical sampling techniques which can insure it's survival for the lifespan of 'electronic' music, solving the purpose of its existence. This will last as long as our current technology persists.
jo be     Thu, Oct 14, 2010  Permanent link
There is always a strange lingering pride that effects how people strive to accomplish tasks. In the most abstract sense, I agree with ye olde work ethic, but I find it rather silly to not use the tools we have available to transcend the tasks that had occupied a former generation to take on new ones.

Calculators for math is an obvious example—but digital music is another good one. I think the strain may be a social one—to impress people, to show excellence, their must be a common domain of appreciation. A lot of people do not understand, yet, the higher complexities people are and could more easily engage in if they used automation and the tools available rather than exhume brain power.

In a sense the internet has created the ability to form communities that en-womb the most ambitious (and the most insane) intentions because people can communicate outside the limitations of physical space and time.

Aesthetics are fluid, opinionated, and for an artist in the creative process, have a very limited use having discussions about, because creation is a forward motion to produce a form and discussion is the circular motion comparing form. As much as the internet can incubate, it can also dissuade with its noise.

I would go as far to say as innovation is not so much a process that can be intended in and of itself, but it is of consequence of surrendering ones self to a sincere intention. All the tools available to us now will never help the artist, designer, or creator express what it is they need or want. I believe that will always be the first step, to bring a clear mind to the creative process and to explore the space with fresh eyes.
sonicport+techfolder     Thu, Oct 21, 2010  Permanent link
Nicely put Jo be,

I also feel that traditional Aesthetics may be largely constructed above the emotion of acceptance, and that a cool mind is the best way to migrate around this anchor, and lengthen the rope.

I have found that the word acceptance fits snugly into any receptor in my life also making it hard to pinpoint what is really happening there as it is a common factor.

The seating plan is thrown wide open with creative freedom though there is still a mechanic: do we use it, or do we use it for something else.

There is a fine line between designing a 'robust' piece of work and building in 'self-distructive' architecture, either that or some form of dormancy ethic maybe? I prefer the anti-art movement when regarding self, it can use satire, self-destruction, ridicule, piracy and am sure there is also an anti-science movement too (like bio-punks? hope I don't offend anyone!) sometimes for people who accept they no nothing about the architecture of cell nutrients in detail but are willing to give it a shot, change reality.

I think in whatever we do, we choose a frequency in which to live by at an early stage in our growth.

On digital music- I never want to hear another drum machine ever again, Please someone! When will they become obsolete?
alok subbarao     Fri, Oct 22, 2010  Permanent link
Great post. Thought you might enjoy this video: