DETAILING A JOURNEY; FROM YESTERDAY to TOMORROW…
This article is a story about our world and us, about the huge distance that human kind has travelled in just 100 years, the way(s) that we have progressed both forward and backward in that time.
When I was young, my hobby was electronics and I used to even use my school dinner money as collateral for my various wheelings and dealings with these things, I used to hold single transistors in my fingers and could somehow ‘feel’ that this was a Big Thing! (little did any of us know just how big).
As the years went by, I discovered integrated circuit chips and became equally addicted to antics with these. Among the projects that I completed were a wind speed analyser, computer controlled alarm system and a custom job to adapt an old VCR into a security cam recorder – the security cam system was still working after fifteen years (after my last conversation with Nigel House, 6 Dalby sq, Cliftonville) we know now that the system is now obsolete.
For all of my life, I have been a fan of electronic music, synths, drum machines and sequencers; as a schoolboy, I remember starting to build a synthesiser using an old school desklid. It was as recently as the turn of the millenium that I still had the ‘ambition’ to build a master tone generator (H & D, 1974) and install it inside a marble keyboard!!! …also, the idea to create audio filters using real components; and then, I discovered the ReWire group of software suites.
Going back to my youth, I used to make things for the garden (using old wood from around) my friends and I used to take market stalls from Glossop to Prestatyn and sell our products, I found that I was good at and enjoyed market trading (back there in the ‘old world’). Slowly slowly, as time has passed, much of the ‘first world’ has changed beyond all recognition – more people than ever are buying and selling online, but I (as an ‘old skool’ head) can still appreciate the values of real shops that sell real CD’s, Vinyls even tapes!!!
I am, at the time of writing, convinced that I will always understand the concept of a real shop with real customers coming and going – but will never see an online store as a replacement for all this, however – an online store could always serve as an extension to any real outfit but not neccesarily the other way around. I think that any kind of web based entity is ‘dead in the water’ without some kind of ‘drive’ from the real world and some good Old Fashioned business admin.
This kind of business admin would be in the shape of promotional flyers, leaflets, letters – even posters and/or banners.
Personally, I have had now some five years of experience with social media and found it (to-date) nigh on impossible to communicate with old friends with whom I had seemingly re-connected with; – as a result, it is my rock solid oppinion that I should have actually gone and made contact in person! The only trouble with that approach is that I would still be travelling NOW between all the various places! Is it perhaps fair to say that all this virtual ways of connecting everything together will likely yield quantity rather than the quality that any Real Life equivalents have to offer!
During the past years, I created some amateur renditions (“PENNINESHIRE_CENTRAL’s stream on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds,” n.d.) using some of today’s state-of the-art in Digital Audio Workstation applications including Ableton (“Music production with Live 9 and Push | Ableton,” n.d.) . Reason, Cakewalk, Steinberg were among my other favourites.
For quite some time, my cyber acoustic tantrums have simply been sat there (webside) as well as on my hdds and backup DVD’s. – I am thinking that when I finally become a good enough network manager to sufficiently organise myself that I might eventually come up with a product. Adjusting to the new school technologies is the primary key to becoming a piece of the action in any aspect of the I.T world.
The idea that the ordinary CD is now semi-obsolete is a stunning fact that all of humankind is slowly realising. More and more people are using phones and tablets to listen to music; portable devices these days can hold anything from a shoe box full to a suit case full of media CD’s AND DVD’s!!! slowly slowly, people are waking up to what they are holding in their hand!!!
H, C., & D, U. (1974, June 11). Single master tone generator.
Music production with Live 9 and Push | Ableton. (n.d.). Retrieved November 4, 2013, from https://www.ableton.com/en/
PENNINESHIRE_CENTRAL’s stream on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds. (n.d.). SoundCloud. Retrieved October 26, 2013, from https://soundcloud.com/penineshire_central