Saturday, January 16, 2010

Relentless and Antique

The march of technological innovation. Relentless. As I wandered around Namm yesterday the technology on display was astounding. But what's interesting about it is all of this innovation and technology is for one thing. To make music, and most of that music comes from instruments that have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. Antiques. Even the most techno music has recognizable instruments in the mix. The hardest sound to get right? Drums, the oldest instrument in existence. It's almost genetic that we should know how a drum should sound.

We are tasked to reproduce faithfully the sound of that one receives, sitting in front of someone creating transient art that disappears into the wind. It's our job to create that transient moment for many people, at once, before it disappears. The better we recreate what the artist intends, that shared sense of wonder from live music or a dj mix that drives a crowd, creates a sense of community and interconnectedness. We've all had those magic moments when it was all perfect. The band was on, the mix was right, the crowd electric. That's what it's all about. Pursuit of that moment.

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