Re: [linux-audio-user] so.... u wish to hear something completely horrible

From: Hartmut Noack <zettberlin@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Mon Aug 14 2006 - 02:22:13 EEST

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Lars Luthman schrieb:

> Are you saying that programming is less creative and original and
> "personal" (whatever that means) than writing and recording music? I
> definitely disagree.

the borders are fuzzy i admit: some say, Bach did not write the art of
fugue to be played but for scholarship only - at the other hand software
can be very original but still there is a major difference:

as an artist, you do not NEED to follow known rules - you ARE the rule.

If you write software, you NEED to do everything by the book if you want
to have it compiled at least.. Plus: software can be optimized, there is
a way to write a program, that is as near to perfection as possible -
but you may agree, that there is no such thing as a "perfect song" or
"the perfect novel".

So i would say that coding and making music is both craftsmanship but
music is more than that, you have a level of freedom, that no craftsman
has, and so the results are in fact more personal. This applies
especially, if you play an instrument, you improvize, you are
spontaneous, impulsive etc. all of this would not be so much helpfull if
you write code...

And: there is no dishonour at all in being a great craftsman and i
believe, that the personal attribution to the author should be mandatory
 too if code is distributed also.

best regards
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