Sunday, June 28, 2020

Humanos en Musica

I've always appreciated music created by one person. As a kid, I remember building one-man-band contraptions with whatever Radio Shack and household components I could get my hands on. There was intense satisfaction in putting something together that worked.

Apparently, lots of other kids were doing the same thing. Now, as adults, those same kids have worked at it so much that they've reduced the effort to basically pushing buttons. It's utterly amazing.

However, I also recall there being something a little depressing about it, even when I'd get something that sounded cool. After a few minutes, the mechanical and impersonal nature of electrons repeating a pattern begins to feel lonesome. There's no human nuance.

That's why I've always liked playing with others more than making music by myself. Even if you just play the same thing for 12 minutes, there's an audible change in the way others inflect, percuss or intonate. You can't get that with loops and samples.