article in the times about iphone orchestras, hmmmm
as i type on my laptop listening to a delicious funk album on my turntable, reading ‘the paper’ online.. i am pondering my relationship w/ technology. i crave & yearn for typewriters, not logging in, pounding the sidewalk, getting my hands sticky mixing a bowl of cookie dough batter, callouses on my tired aching hands, handwritten letters sent through the mail which one waits deliciously for…
technology is in almost every part of my day, i wake up to my cell phone alarm, it is my timepiece, my cuckoo clock.. i have resisted a smart phone for want of not being completely connected at all times, to wait to check my email, flickr account, etc. i use my computer for so many creative uses: photography, writing, designing, thinking, researching, making music.. i use it for work, i use it to connect w/ those dear to me.. my camera is digital, i use an electric toothbrush. [i will not buy a kindle.]
reading the article on iphone orchestras makes me think if technology is going to encompass all parts of our lives, it’s form is going to have to change. the bent has been for smaller, slimmer, lighter, but the more i think about it i can not have an intimate relationship w/ a rounded rectangle. creating music & performing music should be a beautiful act. i feel that the ability to sing, drum, to strum strings is one of the most beautiful things that humans can do, it is so basic, so naturally magical.
i love garage band, i love digital electronica, crazy noises, & the magic of gazillions of instruments in one tiny box, i think that these music tools whether on computer or iphone or…whatever is next are incredible & at some level seem so accessible & full of limitless possibilites, although you do have to have a smart phone to use them..
i am not a luddite, i don’t fear change, however i do think that we as humans using technology in all parts of our lives, will evolve into one gooey eyeball, perhaps more than two hands, a fatty brain, and a spongy ass to sit upon.
..the movement is something that bothers me most about iphone music i think, purely aesthetically, it looks ungraceful, it looks bound. two fingers fighting the boundaries of a 3.5 x 2 inch slippery rectangle..it doesn’t look pretty or sexy or mysterious!
ah-ha! maybe apple should make an ‘i-strument’- specifically for all of their cool music apps & creations!