We live in a world of artifice – a world where technology has enabled us to create and manipulate reality in ways unimaginable to our ancestors. We can now build objects, environments, and even ourselves using materials that digital technology has allowed us to access.

But with these new capabilities comes the understanding that what we are creating may not be real. In many cases, it is not possible to replicate the exact experience or sensation of an event or object as if it were truly happening. There is a disconnect between what we observe and what we know about our creations, which can lead us to question their authenticity.

At the same time, artifice also gives us the power to imagine things beyond our current capabilities. By making use of synthetic materials and computerized processes, we can create worlds that have never been seen before – worlds that challenge our understanding of reality and inspire us to explore new possibilities.

The interplay between artifice and reality is complex but fascinating, as it reveals aspects of our lives that go beyond the physical and enter into the realm of ideas and dreams. It is up to us to decide how we use this power – whether for good or for ill – but one thing is certain: artifice has shaped our lives in ways both powerful and unpredictable.

How Artifice Applies to Music

Music creation has been revolutionized by artifice and digital technology. By making use of new tools, composers can now create sounds and music beyond the physical boundaries of their instruments. Synthesizers, samplers, and other software have allowed for a broad range of sonic possibilities that have never before been possible.

Using artifice, musicians can manipulate sound in ways that are impossible with live instruments. Sonic manipulation such as pitch shifting, time stretching, and reverb processing allow for a greater degree of control over what was once restricted to the acoustic world. These processes also open up a world of creative possibilities and inspire new notes, rhythms, and overall compositions that were not previously possible.

Moreover, artifice provides a way to create music quickly and easily. To create high-quality music, one no longer needs an orchestra or complex studio setup; all one needs is a laptop computer equipped with the right software and plugins. This makes it much easier for composers to experiment with different sounds without worrying about cost or resources.

In conclusion, artifice has made it possible for musicians to create music in ways never before imagined – from avant-garde experimentalism to tightly orchestrated cinematic scores – all from their own homes or studios.





dabodab is a blog about various things DiY and the creative people and activities surrounding them. I am Briyan Frederick (aka Bryan Baker), probably best known as the publisher of GAJOOB and a founder of Tapegerm Collective read more.


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