On Tue, 2007-02-27 at 20:33 +0000, Tim Orford wrote:
you kind of missed the buzz. literally. that application was as close as
it gets in bringing tracker interfaces to the mainstream. fact is that
this interface still remains the most accessible one to people who can
not afford any kind of midi gear, or are starting with making
high-quality electronic music on a computer, and there is a huge
community revolving around it, although the program is dead (because it
was closed-source and its programmer lost all the source code in a hard
disk crash - yes. that hurts. if you ever need an argument for open
source, take this example.) people are still extending and hacking that
app. check the sheer amount of plugins available:
if you don't believe me, please check www.paniq.org and listen to some
tracks that i have made. this is no chicken shit.
some examples i consider extraordinary:
http://www.paniq.org/tracks/barcode_anxiety (you know this one)
i don't care what you call "niche users". if there is a huge user base,
it's no longer a niche. it's just that this star died before it could
really shine, and aldrin is picking up the torch. you can integrate all
these things to provide something that allows to create extraordinary
works, and if you consider this approach unprofessional, then, honestly,
"leonard, i am with you, please do not get me wrong. it's what is
generally understood as professional audio engineering."
and to this argument i have to say that the world is not static, there
is no fixed formula to success, and we redefine and dream up reality all
the time. this, of course, is not achieved by pointless rants like this
one, but by actual results of work, like the kind of stuff that can be
found behind those links above. this work emerged from a disagreement
with the general definition of reality, and contributes to the dream
that we all take part in.
i hope you agree with me. if not, please visit #buzz on efnet, claim
that noone has ever had any big success with the sole use of trackers,
and watch the response.
-- Freelance Art & Logic