practising vs learning
The last of all parts of the principle rationale - is highlighting the values of education & training. As with all things in life; no matter how established you feel you are - nothing ever is deemed as "complete" or "competent" to the eyes and ears of the outside, casual world around you.
If you wish to become an artist you learn about the great works of fine arts, its' history, its' movements and how many are still subliminally present in the every minor aspects of our visual world. If you wish to become an engineer you need to exhaustively study, respect and understand the laws of physics, mathematics and ultimately, nature. Or most certainly in my case, me being a multi-specialty graphic designer - I have to learn the laws of consistencies, the ever-elusive language & principles of grid systems, colour theory, universal principles of design / usability / visual ergonomics and typography.
As well as beyond this - understanding the elusive practise of UX / User Experience and branding psychology. These two disciplines are certainly an extremely large self "learning" component; that cannot be acquired simply by means of technical accreditation. And all this I have to adapt, elaborate and extend onto the different needs & wants in a variety of medium/s & audiences - be it for web, print and motion graphics.
So what is the point of all this? It is simply to acknowledge and to be aware of two things - inheritance and respect. You inherit the knowledge off from those respected over and over consistently for what they have in the past - tried, tested and practised for the faultless essence for what they were. We can all skip this process if we wanted to. Shortcutting & exploiting every form of convenience more and more until there is nothing left for us to look further than what it is. Nothing left for us to look further than what's on a surface.
We no longer use turntables nor vinyl records. We use our iPads® and all in one consoles instead. And the magic of the sync button; all hail to the wonders of over-exploiting accessibility.
Sooner or later, what was a minor 'want' increasingly grows & shifts itself to a greater, greedy 'need'. Shortcutting and exploitation all becomes an expectation as easy as second nature; from both the audience and the industry itself. At the end of the day - leaving us unaware and forgotten for what makes things they way they are.
If you do not recognise, nor have any slight awareness over the volatility and sensitivity of anything in the realm of education and training - you are simply discarding the deeper essence of all that is to do with learning, understanding and most importantly - respect. So how does respect comes into play in this context of DJ'ing? A substantial amount. Realising what or sheer level of that amount depends on how much pre-emptive awareness you have in learning what has been developed; realising the essence of minimality of serving its' original intent and purpose - essential musicality.
So, in today's time where abuse and misunderstandings are often the norm - a couple of familiar examples can be given. We no longer use turntables. Because they are too heavy, cumbersome and lacks the technical finesse compared to today's enveloping trend. We no longer use vinyl records; because they are too expensive and is considered obsolete as time go by. And those of us who wish to venture to this industry; either as a hobby or as a professional way of living - they are more likely to dismiss learning how to beatmatch by our own hearts and ears. The magic of that one-and-only "sync" button allures us to replace this conveniently while shortcutting the hard works or our ancestors who pioneered the earliest and humble principles of this industry. We no longer get off our couches to hunt for those elusive 12" gems that we wish nobody else would be able find; our Beatport® top 100 is right there for us to just a click away, downloaded millions of times over already. It goes on, and on.
It all relates back to one excuse - "convenience". All hails to the wonders of over-exploiting accessibility.
The more abundance of technology you have on your hands, the less educational presence & significance it has on the holder, the user - to truly understand and acknowledge that flow of knowledge.
To conclude - Simplicity & humility
All and everything behind this principle simply remains just that - a conceptual revisitation and manifestation of simplicity and humility in the much abusive, present realm of our entertainment industry.
As with all things in life; no matter how established in the way of projects you yourself have created - nothing ever is deemed as "complete" nor even competent to the eyes and ears of the "casual", outside world. All this is simply a conceptual redefining of what humility is in an area of life or an industry in this case - that is most often misunderstood, misused and abused.
And as with anything you wish to do or create something as a concept in your life; you have to make a concrete, tangible attempt. An attempt to do such a project that only you can rationalise everything in your power to make it right. And through this - craft the power to challenge the majority of social conventions & expectations.
Those attempts; as I have acquired all through my own - operate simply as a way of honouring simplicity through humility. And from this, I derived a series of attempt/s to differentiate, not to compete.
Initialsession™ - is one such attempt (next to my other concept projects) as a vehicle in driving this principle of musicianship to challenge normal conventions within the professional expectations of the industry. It defines "honesty" within the context of appreciating just the bare, minimal essences of set composing. It is never by any means an exemplary technical "benchmark" of what and how a mixtape should be. Nor is it crafted or sounded to impress from the get go. Nor is it being in under any expectations to be "flawless" - it has its' mistakes; things could have sounded subjectively "better", shorter, or short-cut the storylines / summarise better, tonality could be better and so on and so forth. But what you have is a bare selection of just musical pieces that acts as simply as they are - to encourage the listeners to respond implicitly overtime.
All and everything I have worked and developed to form this principle; this systemic way of thoughts - simply remains just that - a demonstrative, conceptual manifestation of musical intuition by simplicity and humility.
Hence to summarise the ending part of this Humanist Principle rationale - it is crafted as a way to make people realise the implicit qualities of music, not just the explicit, frontal value for what it is simply by hearing. Only one thing needed is time and patience from the audience to realise that.
....So, as I remembered years ago since I've stepped away from the local DJ store on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I've begun to ask myself this question - If there is just so much possibilities that's already so apparent in the world of DJ''ing and set composing; from which that the people's view, understanding and the responsibilities of these have been so distorted - would it make more sense then for me to do one thing - simplification?