We’re happy to have Doug Ramsay back to share his thoughts on how technology helps him be creative and productive.
In the contemporary lifestyle of an artist of any type, the marriage of technology and creativity is one destined to never see divorce. For me they are a match made in heaven. Being a musician is my side passion and technology propels my creativity to levels where it’s never been.
I can recall my first use of technology in creating music – the simple aspect of recording my live guitar playing over the air, then via line-in cables to a stereo boombox, was something I did as a young musician starting out in the 70′s. Today, I own a home recording studio and if that isn’t a marriage of tech and creativity, I don’t know what it is.
In music, the 70′s saw primarily analog technology and slowly it evolved to the use of a digital counterpart. Today, creating music by purely analog as well as digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital is widely acceptable.
What happens to all the wonderful music created? Well, one should have a means of communicating that music to the masses. Enter the everyday tools of email and the interwebs! Sites like Bandcamp, ReverbNation, and Soundcloud are very popular for sharing the audio files of music created by an artist.
I often use GMail to send tracks to my business partner to proof, as we strive to finish our own CD project, and use Google Calendar to sync events like recording sessions to my Blackberry and iPod Touch via iCal.
Needless to say, being “techreative” is where it’s at!
Woo Hoo! I’m 16 days into National Blog Posting Month, a.k.a. NaBloPoMo. For those of you that didn’t know, this is my first year participating in NaBloPoMo and I have to write a post every day, including weekends.
Some of you gave me your vote of confidence, which was nice. Even nicer, I learned a few things now that I’m at the half-way mark:
- It IS possible to write a post every day.
- It IS possible to write a GOOD post every day.
- It IS possible to be creative when posting every day.
- It IS hard work – EVERY DAY!
While my posts can’t be compared with Shakespeare’s writing, I have put a lot of thought into what I will say each day. I try to anticipate what my readers want to know more about before they tell me. If nothing else, this has been an excercise in creativity and time management. Blogging takes time, especially when you enjoy it. That’s the other thing I learned this month. I really, really like blogging! I also discovered that my life runs much more smoothly when I blog in the morning.
…can’t wait to see what else I’ll learn over the next 14 days. If you have a topic you want more info on, let me know!