I’m Still Waiting for Artistic Brilliance from Web 2.Open Sources – You Got Anything?

Mon, Jan 17, 2011

Bruce DeBoer, Editorials

Help me out.

Following the PermissionToSuck.com post from Jan. 4 about Jaron Lanier, I’ve had regular conversations, both online and off, about sources of creative artistic brilliance.  I’ve put hours of thought into it; hundreds even.  Here’s a quote I pulled from a 2010 post that I tweet regularly mostly to defensive responses:

Can a “10,000 hour” creative professional compete with 1,000 “100 hour” creative amateurs?

The real questions being, now that we live web 2.0 – with its many collaborative tools – what is happening to creative virtuosity? Why haven’t we seen a virtual avalanche of great literature and song writing? Shouldn’t the music industry explode beyond its traditional business model as promised? Is it because we have yet to fully embrace the tools?  Do we still need the Match.com of creativity?

I’ll confess that PermissionToSuck.com isn’t the most well researched blog out there, but then, blogs in general aren’t all that well researched; think “brain droppings”.  The best of the best are blogs from authors about their well researched subjects; think primary and secondary research data supported hypotheses.

Still, I do my share of listening, reading and surfing without finding evidence of artistic brilliance that originated online beyond the usual cleverness or somewhat unique mash-ups.  Musicians pass half finished ProTool files via the web, saving gas money and travel time, but is that really helping improve virtuosity?

We see youtubes of brilliant creativity that was recorded posthumously.  We see short films distributed via Vimeo or Vimeo-ish channels that would have existed without web-tools. Where is the promised land? Why do we continue to marvel about the success of Apple and speculate that Open Source is going to kick its butt? Waiting.

Side note on the Apple thing:  I have a friend who’s a staunch believer in open source. You know, “Android is going to kick iPhone’s ass – remember Microsoft v. Apple – same thing”.  But … what phone did my friend buy when he needed one that worked?  Yup, an iPhone.  Furthermore, which stock would you rather be gifted right now? Apple or Microsoft?  I digress.

Here’s a great example of “social net” collaborative creativity; Clever, yet nearly un-listenable.

[via B Flat website]

“In Bb 2.0 is a collaborative music and spoken word project conceived by Darren Solomon from Science for Girls, and developed with contributions from users.”

The In B Flat Project

The Johnny Cash Project is by far the best I’ve seen. It’s a mash-up of illustrations that create a music video that would otherwise not have existed if it weren’t for internet collaboration. I’d rate it Excellent but I want more; I expect more. Furthermore, as outstanding as it is, the Johnny Cash Project is build around a music icon from the 1960′s. Does anyone else find it odd that excitement for online collaboration needs an established “analog” artist?

I’m beginning to think true creative brilliance comes from a closed system – but I’m still open. Waiting.

The Johnny Cash Project

Creativity, Crowd Sourcing, Musician

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