When it comes to production this is the ideal group who uses both skill and technology very evenly. By far my favorite band thats out! I chose this particular article not so much to focus on the negativity of technology, but to actually I’ve insight on some things that can cause frustration in the technological aspect of creating music. Most people see the conveniency and accessibility as components that makes creating music easy. To tie along with my Lazy, Lucky and Lacking topic that has come from this particular article, this is the answer to what a producer describes. I feel like if you don’t have these issues when creating, then you aren’t really a producer. The article combed describes the mental struggle that takes place during creation. It all comes down to what we have discussed all semester and thats have the influence of technology changed the way humans think for the good or bad. Honestly, it can really be dissected down quite a bit to the original thought upon start of a creation. Whats our original influence? Is it money? is it success? Is it the Love? Is it or training? Has technology erased the possibilities of “just because” for the professionals. Has technology erased total expression of feelings and mood and have created a standard to be accepted. Guidelines of “top 40’s” or “mainstream” has really taken over. Every producer, including myself labels their tracks with a phrase such as these two as if creative control longer exists in the ultimate goal. The goal nowadays has completely sold its intent to the business model.Now that doesn’t take away from the individual creativity to be able to arrange and compose within the parameters. But thats just it,even something that was created to express freely has become an art of parameters. Maybe not such a bad thing. However, I still choose technology because I like the accessibility much better than the limitation!
As the last response post of the semester it is interesting that we end on a musical note when music has not been a big focus of what we have spoken about. Regardless, the article and ensuing conversation tied in to everything we’ve discussed this entire semester in a more harmonious way. What everything seems to have been boiling down to is the inherent tension between technology and reality.
In the musical sense, Jim Aikin in On: So, Does Technology Just Basically Suck, or What? represented this struggle through his words. He uses technology on a regular basis to produce his music and yet he argues about why it is harmful the medium. There is a continual “back-and-forth” in his essay and it feels that he is even trying to come to grips with technology as a part of music production as he writes. A lot of our previous conversation has traveled down a similar path and it feels like the theme of our class was really: “Technology, a necessary evil.”
It seems safe to say that, at the present time, technology is not to the point where it is always efficient at making our lives easier. There is a dizzying multitude of options, programs and often-times steep learning curves where technology is concerned. However, profits show that technologically produced media is what the world wants and expects. For us, this is an everyday reality, but it seems there is a strong appreciation for non-technologically produced media and time spent away from the tech.
The abundance of gadgets, gizmos and the newest, almost self-replicating technology is the world in which we live. New phones, computers, tablets, game systems, movie experiences and televisions (to name a few) are always on the horizon. However, there is a real danger of losing some of the history and cultural foundations upon which things like movies, tv, video games and music have been built on as technology continues to take over. (And I say this and, generally speaking, I hate history.) I cannot speak for the youngest generations, but I am at least confident that the majority of us will not permit the best parts of a non-technological world to fade into the pages of historical texts just yet. The future however, will tell a very different tale I’m sure.
The article we read today had a lot of allusions to conversation topics we have discussed all semester. I agree with everyone in class that it resonated with “the lazy, the lacking, and the lucky.” I also appreciated the writer saying, “In essence, I’ve ceded my creative decision to the machinery…” what I am less inclined to agree with, however, is his rather polarized view of technology. This is a man who is close to being a technophobe.
I do agree with his testament that notation software is atrocious, and that in order to tell if a band was good you could tell by the drummer. These are strong points of view. I am not a professional musician, nor do I hope to be one someday, but what I do recognize that technology can flounder a creative’s talent. In retrospect, technology is most likely here to stay.
This author’s view that he is only looking for the best software could be a strength, but most likely it is a hindrance. Perfectionism only halts progress, it does not lead to it. I think that as a reviewer he should be guiding applications toward a better future, not putting down technology in the hopes of some utopian software. He sounds like a hypocritical traditionalist. He uses ten synthesizers and yet complains that technology is too much. That screams “complainer.”
Regardless, the author has a few well articulated thoughts, and I do believe his main thesis is well founded. I am most enticed by his final thoughts, “It’s not about technology at all, not really. Technology is the railroad train, not the journey. If the train rattles and sways a little going around the curves, don’t waste too much time worrying. We can still look out the windows at the mountains and the sky – and someday soon we’re bound to get where we’re going.”
A nice blend of musicians augmented by technology. My favorite band! Ladytron!!
This is the way I view the creation of music in my head! I have the talent but there’s so many cool things can be added with technology!
“Learning music has been transformed into a game.”
— Jim Aikin
I would like to introduce some Chinese pioneer artists engaged in music technology.
First, Xuanyan Zhang, the girl in the video above, has been called “iPhone girl” in China, because three years ago she became famous for producing music totally on an iPhone. This is her second single, which was also completely made by several kinds of non-musical-professional electronic devices.
Second, Yuquan, one of the most popular boy bands in China, released their 9th album on 2nd December 2013 (Chinese time zone), which adopted a form of a flash disk instead of traditional CD.
This is my first reaction to reading all of the musical jargon…but, if technology sucks then I present some more classically trained musicians who are still out their spreading the traditional sounds:
On the other hand, here’s a hybrid of technology and classical:
And here’s all technology:
Do any of these have merit over the others?
Breaking limits, let’s see the real imagination.
I grew up in a country, which has long been criticized by lack of imagination in its education system. Indeed, from the primary school to undergraduate study, my teachers praised me for “smart”, “studious” and “thoughtful”, but very rarely said “I like the way you imagined”. And now, I am studying in a state, which, however, highly appreciates the spirit of imagination. Fantasy stories are good way for releasing our imagination, because in these stories no matter the author or reader could both create, imagine and understand a brand-new and novel world by their own ways.
But what strikes me much is not how people applying imagination to fantasy world; it is about the relationship between our imagination and senses from the real world. Dustin took “Dragon” as a good example, which totally makes sense. We create (or design) a new creature by putting something existing together, like animal’s wings, legs and capable of spitting fire. All of these elements are completely from the world we are living, and we just arrange them in a mythical way for the role of “dragon”. This is a typical mode that our imagination works when creating something inexistent. So I should conclude that existence is somehow the limitation of human’s imagination.
How about imaging something beyond this boundary line？Here is one of my ideas about this attempt. If I were an artist, I would like to hold a special exhibition that all of paintings, sculptures and other artworks did not employ any elements in the living world. For example, drawing a painting named “the World”, you could not see people, cities, the sun, sea, cloud and mountains in the painting, whereas what you could see is an incomprehensible image full of “%*UIG&”, “$*BUPO^” and “@%^GBSW” etc. Don’t ask me what they are, for I don’t know either. They are just something inexistent in this world. It seems an insane idea, but personally I do believe this is an interesting way to see what the world over our world is. Maybe, this is the real imagination.
Imagination has become very important to me. A lot of people get so caught up in in reality that we forget to dream. We forget to expand on whats the norm. I was so into this article because of my recent beliefs of dreaming. Its very linear to how I choose to live life today. Although I didn’t agree with every point, I understood his attempt on concept and some of his points. I took it as a defense. As a child is when I did most of my imagining, most of my beliefs in fairy tales, and most of my dreaming. And I realize we get older and because society has told us its not what grown ups do , we stop. And we get in to the life of being average. All being the same. Everyone is asked as a child of what they want to be and we have the biggest imagination and dream ever. Then we grow up and people make our reality. We allow it. I think our dreams should get bigger. We allow knowledge of statistics to become our reality. We allow the idea of doing whatever body else does to become the norm instead of having an imagination and dream of what we want to do ourselves and put it into action. Lets be mindful that there are people that actually live their dreams, but most of us don’t. And I say “us” because for 4 years I worked at FinishLine just to pay bills. but that isn’t my dream. My dream is music and to do it on a very large scale to impact people’s lives and change hearts. I’m glad I’m back dreaming and I love how youtube, Facebook, IMovie (technology), etc can put dreams and imagination into perspective. Now add perseverance and keep dreaming! Its not for just children, its for everyone. We often limit ourselves with knowledge alone!
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
The value of imagination
"We often forget that imagination is a force for the discovery of truth. The mind is not a passive thing, but a devouring flame, never in repose, always in action."
—Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
I can’t say viewing our posts got me thinking in any sort of particular way today and they really haven’t much since we shortened that portion. Regardless, I suppose we spoke a bit about the value of the fantasy story, escapism and imagination.
Claiming that the fantasy story has no value is to ignore some of the basest functionality and desire of the human brain. Yes, children tend to be more imaginative in the way of fantasy but that’s simply because by adulthood, culture has restricted and put shackles upon the “adult” mind: to be orderly, mature and forward-focused in the scope of reality and the other such things we’re fed. Yet, look at the revenue for the fantasy genre. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Super Hero movies. Wildly popular and wildly lucrative and since money is the goal of this society, there’s your proof that it has value…it’s in the money!
Escapism on the other hand is perhaps why this genre is so successful. Everyone enjoys escaping from the ordinary from time-to-time and fantasy is just one place people choose to escape to. Dustin is right to mention; however, that there are different kinds of escapism. There are so many ways to escape nowadays which are facilitated by technological means. It has become so easy for people to escape that a real problem may surface where more people want to escape and never come back verses escaping for a time but knowing that reality is where they truly reside.
Of course, all of this is possible with imagination. It is correct to say that imagination and creativity stem from the combination of concepts that already exist in the human consciousness; it is simply the melding of these ideas to create something new that helps imagination and creativity prosper. There has been concern in the collective community (scientific and otherwise) that kids are actually losing their imagination (you can find numerous news articles and studies about this topic with a simple Google search). Whether this is true or not I can’t say, but with the slew of images/visuals/stories that are already out there for kids to play and consume, they generally do not need to imagine much if they so desire because it’s most likely been made in some form already. These forms are also readily available thanks to technology.
The fact that the world is over-saturated with media of all shapes and sizes also rids us of one of the greatest means for cultivating imagination: silence. Our world is not silent, it’s loud and it’s roaring. Now silence is viewed as odd and something to be avoided. And this is not always silence when viewed as the absence of sound but a silence of our minds, when they are not being constantly engaged by the prevalent media. But it is in the moments of silence, when a mind is truly free to wander, to play, to explore that imagination can be found at its’ peak. So maybe that’s the real culprit in the loss of imagination (whether this loss is real or perceived)…the diminished silence in which we all now live.
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night."
- Edgar Allan Poe