people are being like ‘those imogen heap gloves would just make stuff that used to be hard too easy, how are we supposed to know who great artists are when everyone can now make cool stuff easily’ and that’s like the dumbest thing
these sorts of thresholds are always being surpassed, just one example is that eighty years ago, ensembles usually recorded songs all playing together, and the song you heard on the record was a single take of that entire song. now tons of groups record by overdubbing because that practice has become efficient and useful. that doesn’t delegitimate the achievements of musicians before overdubbing became the norm, and there is always room for people who play as an ensemble in the recording room.
there are literally countless examples of this, the invention of the electric microphone or synthesizers or protools; and in other media too, like the digital camera and digital editing, or photoshop. there are always challenges inherent in any given medium and eventually those challenges are overcome, and there will always be people who act as if the achievements of the old artists who overcame these limitations are now lesser because the path has been eased by new triumphs in technology or technique
art’s not a zero-sum game. someone comes out with a groundbreaking album and that doesn’t mean that the groundbreakers of the past are now inferior. someone who pushed the boundaries of a medium thirty years ago is still important and a valid artist even if the techniques they slaved over then are now accessible to any kid with an internet connection. i dont want to get into why i believe people are trained to see art as a competition but here’s a hint: it’s probably because it’s hard to make money off of it when bases of comparison have been dissolved
anyway, to say that making art accessible and easy delegitimates art as a whole is elitist gatekeeping. we all should know that whenever something new is developed to make one thing easier, the new space will be filled by hundreds of new artists pushing these new developments in unthinkable directions by finding new challenges and limitations. the only concern should be about making these new developments accessible to all and not just the privileged classes