Originally Posted by Dpro
Trust me if Beethoven had been alive in the age of midi his 9th Symphony would have been finished and he would written quite a few other Symphonies.
I daily use midi and I praise Dave Smith for his contribution to it,
but that's probably the lamest and wrongest depiction of midi's usefulness I ever read.
Do you really think that Beethoven's workflow was seriously slowed down by the necessity of writing music on paper?
Did you ever happen to watch the average professional music teacher or arranger writing down musical notation? He's probably quicker than you are at typing on a computer's keyboard.
But more seriously:
do you really think Beethoven could have used a software sequencer for... what? cutting and pasting loops or riffs in his 10th Symphony? Getting those tympani in the 4th Movement of the 11th quickly quantized and ready to go?
Do you really think Beethoven didn't compose 18 symphonies because he had not "the right software" to make the menial work for him?
It was not about THINKING the 9th THROUGH...
It was not about the years he spent living
, growing up, becominjg a great soul AND a complete artist and composer, maturing the passion, the feelings and the technical ideas wgìhich, summed, made him write the most breath-taking hymn anybody has ever heard this side of the Heaven gates...
no! the problem was manually formatting those darn verses by Schiller
. That took years! YEARS, Beethoven could have better used!
Now that you mention it: what if Homerus had a word processor? We would have had "Odyssey 2, the sequel". Or a prequel to the "Iliad".
Instead he had to verbally commit it to somebody else's memory, which totally ruined the process.
The whole idea of "automation speeds up anything
" has really gone way too far