how do people feel about the “design, usability, theory, philosophy, etc.” threads?
i find them theoretically very fascinating and have thought about starting new ones for bastl, in the past, and today noise engineering. there’s a lot of potential for fruitful discussion i think, especially in the theory & philosophy realm of things. for example, i love bastl with their yolo attitude and wooden face plates, but at the same time their oddHP standard subtly encourages the consumer to purchase more than one of their modules in order to make it even… noise engineering i don’t really know about but they’re definitely trying to make certain statements that could be interesting to discuss. ALM is another interesting one! They and NE both have certain types of music they’re interested in making (although different from each other)… that seems interesting to pull apart, especially in modular where they can be used for other purposes…
ultimately I haven’t started these threads because i’m not sure I have the knowledge or experience with either brand to start a fruitful discussion. but also those threads end up very eurorack centric and become a space for either GASsing or hating… both the mutable and make noise threads have been contentious if i remember correctly, and definitely the majority of posts are people being (understandably) excited about new products. this is unavoidable (i just posted about being excited about the wing pinger, so pot and kettle) but maybe having more threads like this end up encouraging this sort of gear centric thinking that lines is ~generally~ better at keeping to a minimum compared to other places. There’s also the fact that modular is a small enough community that the makers very likely are looking here as well, which is neither a good or a bad thing but certainly a complicating factor.
i’m not advocating any action against the threads that exist – those brands are obviously very relevant to many users here and warranted the creation of those threads. Just curious peoples thoughts on this.