Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware)

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Date: Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:18 pm

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Rob schrieb:

To have a handfull presets, that demonstrate, how an app works, ist
important. But just to choose an entry in a given list of "cool
killer-leads" and record it, yields in 9/10 cases to those boring
Cubase-beginner tracks, we all have heared before and nobody is really
interested in.

Jaron Lanier (I know, he is controversal and I do not consider him a
"guru" or something... still he is brilliant sometimes) has told an
anecdote in a speech he gave in the 1990ies, that sums up the matter
quite well. In short it says:

A industry-guy said to him:
"Well, take a violin, for instance. I mean, a violin has a crummy user
interface. It's so hard to play. With computers we can build a better
user interface for the violin, and then kids will be able to play it,
everyone will be happy..."

Lanier commented this lengthily but came to a brillant conclusion in the
end:

"Playing the violin is actually that mystery, it's the end of the line,
it's not for any other reason."

get the whole story:
http://www.exhibitresearch.com/kevin/nyc/jaron/index.html

Music is a complex work of art and it demands care and effort and most
music-loving people like it exactly because of that. It does not need to
be a Mahler-symphony or a Bach-partita - a simple structured song can be
the same as worthwile listening to but it needs to be made with passion
and care and inspiration and it will never be easy.

Still I agree, that software made for complex work should be as usable
as possible. But there is a difference between usability and cheap
shortcuts to standard-sounds.

best regs

HZN

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Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware), cunnilinux himself, (Thu Sep 3, 10:30 am)
Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware), Hartmut Noack, (Thu Sep 3, 9:18 pm)
Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware), pete shorthose, (Sun Sep 6, 1:40 am)
Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware), Hartmut Noack, (Sun Sep 6, 11:36 am)
Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware), drew Roberts, (Sun Sep 6, 12:29 pm)
Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware), Ken Restivo, (Sat Sep 12, 5:41 pm)
Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware), Grammostola Rosea, (Wed Sep 16, 8:42 am)
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Re: [LAU] off topic (was: Re: ableton live in vmware), Norval Watson, (Fri Sep 4, 1:48 am)
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