In regard to watching the Skrillex video, I did not think that the articles were talking about the audience. I felt they were more directed toward musicians. I also do not think that the articles or myself are belittling artists in any way but trying to shed some light on the practicality of not relying on a computer too much...not only as a storage and archival device but as a songwriting partner as well.aciddose wrote:How many people watch youtube videos of skrillex? Way more than jam in your band.
It isn't an invalid point to make, but it needs to be understood in context and it is clearly not something that should justify belittling those who don't do things in a particular way.
Part of artistic expression is freedom of expression: without true freedom you can't have true art.
Look at the under-belly of the more disgusting parts of the internet if you want to really peer inside the human heart. This is something you would never express to another person because you fear them learning your identity, it inspires fear simply that you know who is speaking even if it is the truth.
I use a computer as much as the next musician as well as many, many plugins and software titles and regardless of my skills, I find I am leaning and depending on the computer more and more. Why? Convenience maybe or laziness maybe but not lack of knowledge. I choose not to use my music training. However, many modern musicians do not possess those skills in the first place so then they are at the complete mercy of the technology they use. I have seen an ad with DeadMouse where he is randomly moving notes around trying to achieve the desired goal and he comments "this would be so easier if I knew what I was doing"...that pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter. To say that is not an act of belittlement, but a fact.
BTW, I talking about jamming in a live performance but rather as a way of writing. Many musicians used to write as a group and some still do.