Over on Facebook, of all places, there is an interesting discussion going on, on a page called "Art Fucks Back." It was launched a few weeks ago by Atom TM (aka Atom Heart, Uwe Schmidt, and many other stage names) and some others who are concerned (ie. perplexed and angry) about the seemingly widespread belief that "art should be free." This idea seems to underly many people's acceptance of music-file sharing on the Net, for instance.
Indeed, much of the discussion has centered on the music business and how musicians can, or cannot, make money right now. Atom TM has been quite vocal, here, and has posted some quite interesting comments specifically about electronic music, not just the music biz. Such as these, which showed up in part of a thread triggered by someone's post of a YouTube video showing Theodor Adorno talking about music and protest:
-- "when techno then was called techno, it just turned into another cacophony of the herd! i'm calling for a total reset of electronic music!!!"
-- "yes, let's start all over! it went so wrong during the 90s...OMG!"
How do we start, someone asks. Atom tm: "from noise :)," "or from a sine wave," "mathematics!,"
Someone asks, "which algorithm hasnt been already applied to some kind of electronic music?"
Atom tm: "the simple ones!" And then, this:
"i think the problem with nowadays electronic music is, that elements which in the beginning had to be carved out of electricity (first electronic drum sounds, and so on) soon became "standards" and "presets", some sort of "second level". those "presets" are all there...millions of them, which make it unnecessary to carve your own stuff out of electricity. the core principle of electronic music, which is the creation of sound, texture and structure out of analogue or digital technology, has disappeared...it has just turned into another "standard". i am astonished about how much, theoretically, we could do with nowadays sound design technology, as compared to what is actually done with it: "minimal" or "noodling patches" seem to be the limit of our imagination."
Admittedly, I am a big fan of this guy's music and schtick. But it occurred to me that working in AudioMulch means pretty much no presets - a blank slate - and while that means more challenge, in a way, it also means more opportunity.
The AFB page is here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/326607574066224/