Maybe not replying to anything in particular, but I can’t help to ramble a little since “New” as a concept occupies my mind a lot, as does “Art Vs Craft”. Not that I have come to any radically new or interesting conclusions. Its seems when and where art pushes ahead exploring new ground, craft stays at home, woodshedding, perfecting something and achieving mastery. Modernism has put New on the piedestal. However, in life I don’t want everything new. I want a lot of things to be homely, worn in, recognizeable. I want my family members to be the same, smell the same. And sometimes I want some of my music to stay the same too. Maybe that’s ok.
Still, when creating, I find it the most rewarding when I take risks, lose my way, venture into the unknown. Putting sounds in new company. As James Webb Young put it in his book on ideas “…an idea is nothing more nor less than a new combination of old elements.” (he might have referenced someone else, Pareto?) Nothing revolutionary about it, but quite a democratic view on our ability to come up with something “new”. Overall, changing out an ingredient for something else in a recipe can be interesting. In a new context, maybe it isn’t all new. But the recognizeable is still given a new spin. It becomes fresh again.
Last, I’m thinking, that the perceived “newness” of something depends a lot on myself being open and willing to hear something new or different. To let my early judgement and prejudice rest etc. Or have the patience and interest to take on a new genre and really hear it.
Oh, well. Thinking out loud. Cheers!