June 20th, 2011 | Published in Blog
… and he’ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish and he’ll become an out-of-control monster deploying trawlers to ravage the sea bed, destroy ecosystems, decimate fish populations and drive species to extinction.
Let’s play Devil’s Advocate for a second. There often seems to be a taboo against sharing how-to information amongst musicians. Some seem to frame themselves as Derren Browns, worried that they will lose their mystique should their secrets be revealed; others act like Daily Mail readers, terrified that someone will steal their identities; others are like monks, reluctant to share their martial arts expertise for fear that others will use their power irresponsibly or slay them in their sleep. Try asking someone what gear they’re using, how they get that sound, how they play with such speed… see what happens. If they look at you as though you’re trying to fuck their mum then you should probably change the subject before you get glassed.
Are these fears founded? Pouring burning chip pan fat on troubled waters are UbuWeb, whose new Electronic Music Resource offers a treasure trove of how-to nuggets, promising to teach anyone and everyone how to sound like anyone and everyone (as long as they have time to spare and access to teh internets on hand). In their own words:
“UbuWeb is pleased to announce the opening of a massive new section, devoted to technical resources concerning the practice of electronic and experimental sound. This is a place for information about actual methods and techniques, with little writing on aesthetics alone. It takes the form of technical/historical articles, interviews, books, small-press magazines and patents. Regrettably, most previous treatments of electronic music have tended to shy away from the details of the medium itself. In hopes of rendering the subject palatable they have removed much of its flavour, for it is precisely within the box, teeming with currents, where the true beauty resides – the other side of the panel. This first instalment offers nearly 300 items, including books, periodicals, articles, interviews, media & patents.”
Is this a good thing? While this post may have its tongue stuck firmly in its cheek, it’s always a good subject for a healthy debate. Let’s take it to the Borum and see what happens.