Segmentation of Yourself as an Artist

I find it very difficult to separate thing but I also find the lack of separation quite uncomfortable at times. For example: I’m not somebody who shares personal things a great deal across social media channels so much of social interaction on the internet revolves around music. I am acutely aware that those who I went to school with or who are neighbours with me, those who I know in a more professional capacity (outside of music) and so on must probably be quite nonplussed by my music and it feels almost like I’m peeling back more of my outer shell than I’m entirely happy with to have those outside of musical circles seeing this aspect of me.

That’s probably stupid and potentially wide of the topic’s remit too but it was just what the post stirred up!

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I don’t mean the kind of gentle sharing of awareness of the availability of one’s work that is common here on lines…

More the persistent email or Facebook shouting for attention without any pretense of creating a relationship…

I have deep respect for independent artists trying to support themselves, but in my experience those kinds of artists generally seem to avoid treating their supporters as “consumers.”


I’m a software developer for a living – generally in the area of tool building. First it was for computer games, and now for engineering. I generally don’t want to go home and write code.

There have been a few exceptions: I wrote some experimental VST plugins, with no UI and no support for people who had trouble running them. I made several watchfaces for the Pebble Time a few years ago. I’m comfortable working with Teletype, since its syntax and design principles are nothing at all like what I do at work and I keep my usage of it relatively simple and ephemeral – I don’t even save scenes aside from my standard “poll 16n and pass to ER-301” setup.

Sometimes I think about doing some more DSP coding – Norns or Organelle, or when the DSP layer of the ER-301 is opened up to third parties – but I’m really not very motivated to do it. I’d rather do creative things with the tools someone else built.

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I think this is more of an aside in social media usage though professional application as opposed leveraging it to build an audience, connections, and relationships right? A lot your issue is likely set with perceived tone and intention if I’m understanding correctly?

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Exactly right… And the problem isn’t by any means limited to artists, the whole social media space seems to enable a kind of communication that one hopefully rarely encounters in reality… I think of it as a kind of self-centered shouting…