Its a year since I embarked on my modular synth adventure.
When i started I did not know it mean't that I would actually be building a synthesizer, not in a DIY manner but selecting the parts that form a complete system if thats possible with eurorack. A fair amount of choices along the way turned out to be short term as the system grew and now I feel the modular has evolved far enough.
I will never think of filters, lfo's, Sample & holds, Random generators etc...along with gates, triggers & envelopes to name a few in the same way again. Composing with a modular system liberates one from the fixed method of traditional synthesis and with that liberty comes the real challenge of sonic freedom.... you are on your own with nothing to fall back on which is both exciting and daunting.
The modular synth requires a different set of operating skills, at least for me it does...you can't approach it with past knowledge. Not acceptable. It demands that you be open and not try to conform it to your will, eventually, yes, a partnership will come into being but you have to pay you sonic dues.
The quote below really reflects what I have been suggesting and carries the main sentiment.
It is comforting to be in a situation and do what you know. You can rely on past experiences to guide you through the process, even as difficulties pop up. The challenge is making the time and space to work on what we don't know. Where the falls are harder and the successes are smaller. I'm constantly looking at the balance between what we know and what we want to learn. How do we continue to pursue new as we rely on refining what we have? What amount of resources do we apply to each? As soon as we try something for the first time we know something about it. We get the initial jitters out of the way. After that, the unknown becomes the possible.
..Chef Alex Talbot