Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place

Subject: Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Thu Sep 15 2005 - 19:38:35 EDT

At 00:07 16/09/2005, you wrote:
>>by that logic, it would be best to be able to play as many instruments
>>as possible so you're never in the same mind frame.
>No. it means to be able to play on the same instrument (the computer, or
>a classical guitar) as much different alternate techniques, repertroire
>from different era. Or to know as much possible on something before

That's an interesting analogy, but it's not a totally convincing one
because techniques are - techniques, and software is an environment for
realising those techniques. It's not a technique in itself. (Or if it is,
it shouldn't be.)

For example - try to implement Technique A using two software tools. It
takes you a week in tool 1, you find many basic bugs in the software, and
the result maxes out your computer. Using tool 2 it takes you a day, you
don't find any bugs, and your computer purrs along at 20% utilisation.

Now repeat for Techniques B to Z. It's surely possible to draw some
conclusions about whether or not one tool is better than another, no?

I know someone who has literally spent four years attempting to hack
together a performance tool in A Certain Environment. So far as I can tell,
there is no way such a project should have taken more than six months using
A Different Environment, even from a completely cold start.

Now, this person may be more or less fluent now in A Certain Environment,
but the reality is they've wasted more than three years - time that could
have been spent more creatively. And they still have something that barely
works as it should, and doesn't sound particularly distinguished when it does.

It's true that the creativity is always individual, but - as with teaching
- some environments will foster and expand that creativity, while others
will limit it, waste it on pointless distractions, and generally frustrate it.

It's also true that as with teaching - some people can overcome these
limitations regardless. This is all good, but I don't think there's any
point in making people's lives any harder than a need to be without a
*really* good reason. And I'm not convinced that an ideological commitment
to this tool or that one is reason enough.


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