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Einar's articles from the NWCA Newsletter.
Important Note: These articles are history and all references
to upcoming meetings and contact addresses and phone numbers and other
things that change with time should be ignored. I decided to leave them
in for readability.
Title: Let's talk about art.
I'm sitting beneath a life size image of Einstein and wondering if he ever
stopped what he was doing and said "I can't wait until xxx happens so that I
can do xxx". I doubt it. As Tom Vigal noted last month, creative people
tend to be able to work around obstacles. Or through them.
When a writer has trouble creating it's called writer's
block. For two years -until about six months ago- I had a
different sort of block. I remember sitting in a room talking about how a live
electronic music performance could be realized with some very professional
people who did sound for a living. I had a simple idea of using home made
DAT recordings as a backing track and then playing whatever I chose over the
top of it. The argument against this was valid. It is not a perfect way to
present sound to a club. There are no ways to isolate drums and bass,
amongst other problems. But I wasn't looking for perfection. I just wanted
I was suffering from a technological block.
I am a musician. If I wanted to learn how to paint, would I use the finest
finest oils and finest canvas? No. Sometimes artists start with pencils on
napkins. It doesn't impede their creative flow. It certainly doesn't make
their expression less valid. As a musician I
don't mind sacrificing the perfect mix if it means I can get out and play.
Someday, if I'm lucky, I will be able to pay someone to learn my music
and mix for me. In the meantime I'm gaining valuable experience on stage.
There is a lot to be said for the Nike slogan. "Just Do It" seems to make
I spent nearly two years on a project that never came to be because of a
technological block. In the era of the home studio we run the risk of never
being "finished". There is always something that bugs us about what we hear,
and we know anything can be easily tweaked. So we do it. In my own opinion
it is the little mistakes that make art interesting. To err is human.
I worry about the impact of technology on the art of today. Wendy Carlos
regarding her electronic music, that if a parameter can be controlled, it
must be controlled. That might be fine for her, but as we are dealing with
complicated tools that can control so many parameters, just how many manuals
are we supposed to read and comprehend? I look up at Einstein and wonder if
future artists are going to have more in common with him than Monet. Or
Ibsen. Or Shakespeare.
Considering that many of us are working on multi-media art, the
knowledge required to become a true master of every aspect of the art is
enough to drive a guy nuts. The punk movement of the late seventies, much of
which I consider very expressive and 'to the point' art, would never have
happened if folks like Sid and Johnny had to bone up on manuals and
technique before they could perform.
Perfection is appreciated, but it is important not to confuse artistic
perfection with technical perfection. In art, a perfect whole can come from
imperfect parts. On the other hand, the most technically perfect elements
can be assembled into garbage (computers, for example, have written some
technically flawless poetry but I wouldn't want to spend much time reading
I saw David in Florence. If Michelangelo had laser technology and electron
microscopes would David be more meaningful?
Enough! Back to einar.com!
Einar Ask / email@example.com