Look, people:

Computers are a fact of life in modern music performance and recording. They're never going away.

It is possible to do really fabulous music without them!
It is possible to create magnificent recordings without them!
You can dedicate yourself to creating and maintaining a workflow that lets you go from musical idea to thunderous applause without ever getting anywhere near a computer!
People did it for millennia before computers came along, and someday perhaps they'll do it again after computers are ancient history...

...but for right now, for many of us, computers are there and we use them.

Some of us love computers. We love what they can do for us, how affordable and convenient they've made processes that used to be incredibly expensive, or impossible. We couldn't imagine doing without them, and we wouldn't want to. We love looking forward to new tech that makes the process even better, and we love to stay on top of that and share what we know.
The Computer Lab is there for us to do just that.

Some of us hate computers. We hate their instability, their flakiness, their constant need for upgrades and tweaks that put our entire music-making process in jeopardy. We hate how the gear is constantly being changed out, how the goalposts are constantly moving, how corporate decisions can have world-shattering effect, and how as musicians our needs simply do not matter to those who have power over how our computers work. We are desperate for islands of stability and reliability in a landscape that shifts faster than Portmeirion's beach at high tide, and we need a place where we can get help barricading ourselves against the next disastrous earthquake.
The Computer Lab is there for us to do just that.

Many of us... perhaps most of us... accept computers for what they are. We have an ongoing love/hate relationship with them, because they are simultaneously useful and frustrating, empowering and stifling, capable and incapable, glorious and horrific. That's the nature of the beast. Computers are tools for art and science, and we are constantly navigating the minefield between the Technician, who lives and works industriously in the Left Brain, and the Musician, who seeks beauty and inspiration in the Right Brain. We realize that:

1. Computers are not good or evil per se. Like all tools, they are value-neutral.
2. We can fight them or embrace them, and there will be times to do both.
3. Talking about computers in music often becomes its own thing, and is best done in a place where we're not tripping over other musical matters.

The Computer Lab is there for us to do just that.

It's OK for us to visit this little island where computers are what they are... helpers, tools, compositional partners, aids to the Muse, frameworks and canvases, and sources of Tears Of Blood And Rage (TOBAR, remember?).

It's OK for us to cheer, wonder, ask, answer, whine, bitch, moan, complain, and breathe a sigh of relief where those frustrating boxes are concerned, and it's good to have a place where we can do this without distracting or annoying those who don't want to talk about this stuff right now.

Welcome to The Computer Lab.

Last edited by Dr(!)Mike Metlay; 08/18/19 09:02 PM.

Dr. Mike Metlay (PhD in nuclear physics, whoop de doo)
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