A Bicycle for the Mind

RIP Steve Jobs 1955-2011

for me the ipod and the itunes playlist have been the most important technological innovation s and devices i have owned. after the first ipod came out i was finally able to study a huge variety of music on my long commute home each day without having be constantly swapping CD’s. it doesn’t sound like much but loading up the 15 different composers in a playlist to get an idea of how they all dealt with string ostinatos used to be a real pain in the ass (especially since many new music scores aren’t that available). these days still i don’t own a proper stereo and prefer to listen to music via my iphone when and wherever i want. Got my first Mac Tower in 2001 and mixed and recorded all 3 albums using your computers.

“That’s what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”"[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” made with monome 64, press cafe, ableton live, and 13′ macbook pro (2011)

“That’s what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

“[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

made with monome 64, press cafe, ableton live, and 13′ macbook pro (2011)

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2 Responses to “A Bicycle for the Mind”

  1. I’m constantly wondering as an educator what is timeless and must be taught, and what is something that will be gone in two years. Music has changed so much in past five years. More importantly how we interact with music has changed.

    I am excited that we can access, adapt, and create music so easily.

    I worry that we put our headphones in and isolate ourselves. I worry that music becomes so “easy” that we forget the work and the effort.

    • admin says:

      i think you are confusing ‘easy’ with ‘simple’ and just because the ipod made listening to music and assembling playlists much ‘simpler’ it didn’t make studying scores any easier. at the end of the day if you don’t know what you are listening for it still will take a room of monkeys a lifetime to compose a great piece.

      a good example of technology making things ‘simpler’ would be making scores. because of notation programs like finale and sibelius there is no real reason to handwrite a score anymore even though the slower and more intimate pace of writing with pen and ink might have led to a more cerebral and finely crafted composition, I’m perfectly happy delaying the creation of the “inked score” as long as possible by spending the time i have gained on improvisation and performance through a lengthy period of pencil and paper sketches.

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