I've been struggling with my place in the creative world of late, and have been reflecting on the following:
"Maybe one day soon, when technology makes everyone sound good, sounding good won't be what matters anymore."
- Conor "Freff" Cochran, from his column in Keyboard Magazine, late 1980's
"I'm fascinated by the almost fetish and addictive need to communicate aurally and visually; witness the decline in the quality of communication in favor of quantity."
- David Warren, Australian multimedia artist, Computer Graphics World, July 2008
How prescient, and yet totally unable to envision their eventual scope, are Freff's comments? Does anyone
feel as though the technology serves as a distraction from the real issues? And, if not, why? If so, have we been
fundamentally changed to the point that previous skillsets are (or are becoming) permanently irrelevant?
Does anyone else besides me find Mr. Warren's words to be endemic of what's happened to those of us
who create music as well? Is his creating work that promotes his view hurting or helping those of us who
create for a living? Is manifesting technology to 'create' always 'art'?