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May 11, 2010

Golden Age, defined

David Cain of the Radiophonic Workshop once said:

"One thing about any definition of 'Golden Age', for me, comes also within music, comes within art, comes within literature: It is the point where the desires of the creator are greater than the technology which is available. There comes a moment where the technology gets closer and closer to the sort of imagination and creativity of the writer, and in the end, if you're not careful, it overtakes. And suddenly, serendipity, which before was from your own sweat and blood, but you created something and thought, 'goodness me, that's great', serendipity [now] comes by saying, 'if I press one of these 397 buttons on this synthesizer, maybe I'll get something out of it.' Now at that moment, the machinery is driving the creativity, and the creativity is not driving the machinery. And maybe that's where the Golden Age stops. Maybe."