[OT] Microsoft Office's New UI Blazes Some New Trails for Us
charles.hartman at conncoll.edu
Tue Oct 11 19:23:41 CDT 2005
On Oct 11, 2005, at 6:06 PM, Scott Rossi wrote:
> I think it's perfectly understandable that the musicians you cite
> want to learn how to program the equipment. I'll wager the
> majority of them
> wanted to spend their time making music, not learning an arcane
> language. And yet that didn't stop many notable artists from
> making a name
> for themselves and learning how to push music technology.
I think what's involved is a question about what constitutes "making
music" -- a question that was changed by the advent of programmable
synths. For some synth musicians (certainly not all), programming
*is* making music, since it's the texture & character of the patches
that gives the final result much of its noticeability and interest.
It seems to me that "Office"-type applications are not like synths in
this respect. A Whole New Look to office memos is a bad thing,
distracting, not a good thing; memos are not art. If you're a
typographer or graphic designer it's a different story -- but then
you don't use MS Office.
Something like Rev, a programming environment, is half like Office
(as an environment encouraging somewhat standardized work, so you
don't have to *think* about the bookkeeping) and half -- the more
interesting half -- like synths.
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