Music Composers Unite!
I use both notation (in Sibelius and pen/paper) and a DAW (Cubase) in my work. I actually agree with the above poster in that they are just tools to get the job done and it's how proficient you are in using those tools to express your musical vision that matters. I'm quite sure there are as many bad practitioners of traditional notation (and music theory thereof) as there are those who who use a DAW regularly or exclusively.
I didn't say the music itself wasn't great expression, it surely is and the person who created is definitely an artist, no matter their approach to the task, but the pen/paper or DAW is just that, a tool to express your artistic intent. It's no different to using a hammer and chisel to make a sculpture.
Using the tool itself isn't an art, it's a skill and/or craft. the artistic result of the use of that tool *is* the art.
Well now this is just verbal semantics. I do not agree with you on all your points Adrian, but obviously there's nothing to be gained from discussing this further so I'll leave it here.
Just as in visual art, the digital world has opened new possibilities. Of course a DAW is a tool, just as a violin is or the staff paper and pencil of any composer. Artists use tools to produce their art. I think there is artistry involved in using the techniques required in a DAW. I have to think more about the idea of whether DAWs will create new art forms. I need a definition of "art form".
For example, is aural art one form, and visual art another? In this case, I can't perceive of a new form of art created by DAWs. On the other hand, if orchestral music is one art form, and electronic music another, then yes, I already hear a new art form developing because of the existence of DAWs.
In either case, I believe the "technician" who uses his/her DAW to produce music is an artist. That includes you, too, Ray...
Before this whole thread goes completely stale (and because I'd hate to have read this far without leaving a comment of my own) I'd like to point out that in the world of home-recording 99% of the time the guy using the DAW also happens to be the composer and musician. From that perspective it's probably fair to say that if he knows his DAW inside out he can at least to some extent continue (or initiate for that matter) the creative process within that tool and not just use it as a means of recording audio / midi material. In other words, because the average DAW has become so powerful and sophisticated, allowing you to experiment and build on the fly, use effects that can change the initial sounds beyond recognition, slice and manipulate digital data in ways that were unheard of 10 years ago, before even touching the mixing and mastering stages ... yes, I personally believe that taking full advantage of what your DAW has to offer can be considered as an integral and increasingly popular part of the musical artform and not just a skillful use of a tool.
There. I feel better now :-)