January 16, 2024•644 words
PC Music was the first big inspiration for a lot of the art I do. Artists like A.G. Cook, Sophie, Hannah Diamond, 100 gecs, Namasanda, and many others who are PC Music adjacent, changed how I look at art and the world.
I used to make pointillism ink artwork that was heavily anchored in realism without any real creativity put into it, even though any non-artist would say "of course it's creative, you created some art", but is it really art if the subject matter wasn't something you created yourself. I can look at someone and paint them, but that doesn't necessarily make me creative, I'm just painting what I see. Now, this doesn't mean artists like Caravaggio weren't creative just because they painted realistically. they were in a different era with no information pertaining to post-impressionist art and their version of creativity was entirely contextualized around realism.
When I found PC Music, it was like my whole world flipped upside down. Sounds I had never heard before were somehow magically put together to create songs. Not just sounds like a guitar, drums, and other conventional sounds, I'm talking about sounds that are impossible to make in real life that you can only produce on a computer. My first encounter with PC Music was Sophie Xeon (rip Sophie). First I heard her song "Faceshopping", which is a lot to listen to by itself, but after that found an interview where she explains that art should be an exploration of a reality that we're not yet presented with, and she would hyperbolize this energy into an impossible form (watch the interview here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ifh0tDrwBA ). This resonated with me on a very deep level, because it felt like I was hearing her say art is the warping and remixing of energy. Listening to the sounds she would create and compare it with my own experience of creating purely realistic art - there was a large gap between the version of art I was hearing in my headphones and the version of art I was creating visually.
That's when I would start to make art that was almost a transmutation of music into art, remixing and warping the energy of sound into a visual. This is different than our current model of originality. You cannot create a piece of art that is entirely original, without taking into account your own experiences of the world that led up to that point, and I ran with this by just finding any material and saying "this is something I can re-mesh into something else" and not feel guilty that I somehow "stole" an idea. Every idea on this planet is stolen combined with other stolen ideas. Every original piece of art is created starting with a neural network in your brain that takes images, ideas, sounds, forms from your experience of life, and combines them into an output that you think is original, but it's not. When you limit your experiences and do the same things everyday - you go to your job, see the same people, do the same things, eat the same food - of course it's going to be hard as fuck to create more original art, you're not living an original way. Your imagination is a result of the permutations of your experience. If I have 5 new experiences throughout the week, there are 25 new ideas that can emerge from that by combining each experience with one another. But, if I only have 2 new experiences, there can only be 4 permutations. This is to say that in conclusion, people with more experiences can create more original art. Go out and do something new today that you've never done before, then do it the next day and the next. Soon after a while, you can live an "original" life, and make "original" art.