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"Creative" quantity vs. quality.... is it just a phase, or.... ?

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'?

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Comment by Scott W. Hallgren on February 23, 2009 at 8:25pm
Wow. That's a pretty jaded and somewhat bitter assessment coming from someone who hasn't finished high school... has your personal experience brought you to that thinking, or was it something else? Do you plan on making a difference, or standing on the sidelines watching the carnage? Not that I might blame you if you did.

I think your observation about "unique trade" is the argument we need to have and resolve if possible. ASAP.
Comment by Scott W. Hallgren on February 19, 2009 at 4:36pm
I love that, Steve! Thank you.... S
Comment by Adrian Ellis on September 8, 2008 at 3:32pm
"So really it is just forcing the creative community to rise higher than we have had to"

That's the ticket. As always, things run in cycles of new creation > stagnation > revolution > new creation.

The new tech is SOOO blasted SEDUCTIVE. You can have an orchestra play your music (or non-music :) on your computer. You can push a button and lay down a sick sounding rhythm section and huge multilayer, evolving pad. You can sound like Zimmer in minutes.

So what.

Well, everyone starts to sound the same. Which is mostly what we have. And you also get seduced into wanting to sound like 'the latest'... right now it's a lot of John Powell, et al.

So what.

Well, those that feel that it matters and who will push the medium will get tired of it, and either walk away from technology that is no longer conducive to creating meaningful art, or embrace the technology and use it differently. It does take a bit of courage because, at least for those who want to make a living, you are so often asked to sound like the soup du jour.

So ask yourself - do you feel creative? Well?? Do ya, punk?


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