Some people seem to think that if it’s made on a computer it’s not art. I have noticed most art mediums seem to have this problem. The world is not flat my friend.
I can’t speak for every art form because I don’t know much about them. I can though speak for music.
I want to start with the whole “Real instruments are better than electronics sounds.”. Asking a musician to only use real instruments is like asking a painter to paint with only the color black . Once I was about 14 and discoverer electronic music going back to acoustic music was boring. Drums, Guitar and Piano… Drums, Guitar and Piano… Drums, Guitar and Piano… Drums, Guitar and Piano… it gets boring fast. I know there are other instruments but 70% of acoustic music is made of of Drums, Guitar and Piano….
I love when I hear a new electronic track and hear a new sound I have never heard before… ever! Some electronic sounds are so beautiful. Some I would arguare more beautiful than any real instrument but that’s more of a opinion and I cant relay present it as fact.
In life we try not to use old technology because new technology is better. You most likely wouldn’t use a mobile phone from a few year ago so why would use use instruments like the guitar that was invented in 1779?
It used to be that computers couldn’t generate high quality sounds but those days are long, long gone. Most computers now are at the very edge of what our human minds can perceive. 10 or 20 years ago people would say that a computer couldn’t accurately recreate a piano. Today in 2014 with multisample VSTis I could spend £50 on a pack and have 15 or so different top of the line gran-pianos at my finger tips. Even my trained ere would have trouble telling them apart from the real deal.
Recording Studios are closing down because more and moe people are making music at home. All you need today to make a professional track, other than talent, is a laptop and the right software. Sure its sad that studios are closing down but it’s also amazing that making professional music is so much more accessible.
If creating music was a drug then producing electronic music would be like Heroin and thats how it felt the first time I used professional software. If it was possible I could do it. I was every instrument. Any sounds I wanted I could have at the touch of a button and I didn’t just have control over the music but how the individual instruments sounded. The endless possible ways I could edit sounds amazed me. I never when back to playing in a band. I felt godlike.
In a car race, divers will use the latest technology in their cars. You wont see someone pull up to the startline with a car from 100 years ago. In the race to make the best music you can the computer is unmatched. If its possible you can do it on a computer.
Taking all this into account why would you not use a laptop to play live? It makes complete sense as its by far the best tool to make music with. Why would I fill my hands with a guitar when with the right controller I can be anything. What instrument do I play?.. All of them! Yes that’s right the drums in my track would be impossible for a real drummer to play.
You might argue that you don’t play a computer but who is to say a mouse isn’t a instrument? The reality of it is that compared to the digital controllers of today a guitar is the tool of a caveman. A digital controller can do everything a guitar can and a million things it cant’.
They used to say that vinyl was king and now CDJs are the industry standard. Stop fearing change because you are stopping progress. Sure its fun to play a guitar but trust me its much more fun to play one of these..