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April 15, 2013Music Production

Why Knowledge is The Scarcest Resource of All

I came across this pretty inspiring speech by Ronald Reagan the other day in an ebook some parts of which struck me as highly relevant even today though the speech was delivered way back in 1988 around the time preceding the fall of the Iron Curtain. The full speech can be accessed here – In his address to the students at Moscow State University, then American President Ronald Reagan spoke of computers, “Linked by a network of satellites and fiber-optic cables, one individual with a desktop computer and a telephone commands resources unavailable to the largest governments just a few years ago.” I could rephrase that, “Powered by an array of cheap and powerful processors, music production softwares and hardwares, an average individual today with a desktop computer, an external hard drive and a midi controller commands resources that were unavailable to AR Rahman when he arranged the music of Roja! Information Wants to Be Free After all, the caveman had the same natural resources at their disposal as we have today, and the difference between their standard of living and ours is a difference between the knowledge they could bring to bear on those resources and the knowledge used today – —Thomas Sowell, Knowledge and Decisions, 1996 Pretty deep truth that but it’s true. Data and information is available by the planeloads to any aspiring music producer in the country today. Tons of cheap DAW’s to choose from (free if you are pirating it!), megatons of high quality loops, samples, instrument plugin softwares and vst’s (again free if you are copying it from a friend’s hard drive), a range of hardware that gets cheaper and cheaper by the day. A 2 TB hard drive costs less than Rs. 5,000 as of today! It is an unthinkable amount of storage capacity and the price+capacity equation would have boggled the mind 5 years ago! Yet I find myself running out of space as easily today as I did 5 years ago and as I will 5 years from now! The Scarcest Resource Of All You Need To Know How Much To Turn on that Knob! In the late […]

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