There is an essence or a voice that artists, musicians, and creative strive for in the world. It is that unique style or “life” in their work that is unique and can’t be replicated. What is interesting is there is no shortage of people that want to be famous and have their work adored by fans. The lure of fame and fortune blinds one to what seems more like an increasing prison sentence of sorts to the few that make it on the global stage. They can no longer just go out for a cup of coffee in a shop, and people watch. Instead, there is a significant contingent of people watching them who have entire industries scavenging off them.
With live audio, I have an image in my head of what the “you” show would sound like. Mind you, I never hear live audio implosion, and you need computers to manage and control all the dynamics of what is happening in the space, yet, it was something new, unique, and when it was dialed in – I still can’t describe how amazing the sound field was. Today, we live in a world of really tiny and crappy sounding earbuds for most. It is astounding what is lost in the listening experience.
Perhaps that is what the gist of all this is about. It was another meal yesterday in a taco shop that was using what I call Sysco food distributor vegetables. I had a really decent meal falling short because the quality of a few ingredients was dull, stale, and lacking with old onions, god knows how many days old cilantro, and fish that was over deep fried. I hated to sound like a food critic, but when a waitress asks, “how was it?” I tend to think it is like many Americans asking, “how are you today?” and no one wants to listen to the answer.
“why did I you ask a question if you have no intention of listening to the answer?”
Yesterday’s waitress did listen, but I could tell from her eyes, she could care less that the food served in the place. She had no idea how close the food was to become something amazing with a few little twists that would require a slightly different approach with distribution – mainly – grow your own stuff year round and you have created unique and super fresh, flavorful, and delicious greatness.
The same can be said about a lot of music, art, and even look at the speaker's circuit where everything seems to look and sound the same. Should someone break out, there are those at the top of the food chain that does and will not give up the perks of power and fame and will simply take it and call it their own.
What you can tell many times is someone who borrowed and stole to make their voice or style, to someone that simply created their own voice and style – it is that special something that distinguishes them from all the rest. A unique creative voice.
Everyone can develop their own voice. It is like writing, you have some that are technically brilliant that can’t create a storyline to save their life. Others have great stories but can’t write to save their lives. Everyone can write, but it doesn’t mean everyone will be a great writer, and that is ok.
If you are writing because you love it – you have already succeeded. If you are writing for fame and fortune…you will be competing with a whole lot of people.
When I think back to the Renaissance with advance and Michelangelo, I really wonder how many craftsman and tradesman they had working with them. I imagine a small army of people, and yet, their work was exceptional and unique, even today. Each had that special something, call it god given talent, or different wiring of the neurons and dendrites with a genius that allowed them to create something that for now, no computer can make.
Going through the morning emails, I wrote to an artist friend, “I am unaware of when a robot artist that can tap into the collective art world consciousness will be available and create amazing things. I don't know.”
I have a feeling that it will happen in my lifetime, what I wonder about is will the robots create a new and fantastic series of things? Or will it all be lifeless, technically superior to anything a human might create – yet – it lacks heart and soul?
Time will tell – I guess that is part of my frustration with society today. it is merely scalable mediocrity, and people are starting to believe it is somehow, “great and amazing!”