Observations so far
Here’s some observations I’ve made through my work so far (These are more for my own benefit than anything else).
- Electronic music takes on a huge number of forms, and I was a little naive to assume that I would be able to find a large population of a limited subset of electronic musicians (software based electronic musicians familiar with Reason) here at Bloomington.
- There is an active electronic music scene here at Bloomington, but like most things that happen here at Bloomington, it has its own unique style.
- Dealing with propietary commercial applications (such as Propellerheads Reason) is nearly impossible. There is little chance that you will have the freedom you need to design something adequate
- Electronic music performances take on many different purposes, from dance to ambience. This is perhaps more so than any other musical style.
- Most of the artists locally don’t have a lot of money, and use old and outdated equipment.
- There is a general draw towards physical instruments and artifacts for most electronic musicians
- In keeping with the previous point, most artists dislike working with software based instrumentation for this reason, at least for expressive performances
I’ll add to this as time goes on…