I’m closer to being an artist than I thought, according to Coppola.
Whilst thinking about new-media art and meaning, I came across this interview with Francis Ford Coppola. He says:
Even in the early days of the movies, they didn’t know how to make movies. They had an image and it moved and the audience loved it. You saw a train coming into the station, and just to see motion was beautiful.
I think we are in the early days of media art, because just to see an intricately detailed generative work can be beautiful. But not for much longer, I suspect.
Perhaps there is a natural progression from “this new medium is the artwork” … through to a “the medium must now carry the artwork”. Two very different things.
Anyway, that Coppola interview has many gems in it …
In the old days, 200 years ago, if you were a composer, the only way you could make money was to travel with the orchestra and be the conductor, because then you’d be paid as a musician. There was no recording. There were no record royalties.
The composer as conductor brings orchestral music a little closer to electroacoustic music … at least as far as the division of labour goes.