I don't think that "the smaller the better" is a good trend, and that the synths will soon disappear. Is this an attack to the electronic world?
What do yuo mean with "electronic world" ? I don't think this "space" does exist!
Can we consider Robert Rich or Jeff Pearce "acoustic musicians" just because they play a guitar? They route their guitars through a lot of expensive electronic devices, this is how they build their wonderful layers.
Robert Rich and Jeff Pearce are not "acoustic musicians". Robert Rich is one of pionieers of "certain" peculiar electronic (just this "ambient" music...) in '80 ... nevertheless most interesting sounds they use come from an elaboration of a string ("acoustic") vibrations ...
We all know that better technology can improve our work, we should only accept this.
I absolutely do not think so! technology simply doesn't help human beings ... especially in art,
it's a complication of mind that instead would require paths to "silence of thoughts" ...
don't you think so ?
It would interesting to understand what we mean with term "technology".
When we use computers ... mobile phones ... music workstations, hi-fi stereo, cars, etc. etc.
we are used to say that we use "technological" devices ...
It's all this stuff, real technology ? Or is it a fraud for mass-consumers ?
And, a part that, does exist a "pure" technology that really help human beings ?
I recently purchased two Eventide processors and I am simply amazed at how clean and powerful they are, they are opening new paths for me and my compositional process. It's been an interesting evolution for me, starting from the cheap reverbs of the late 80's up to these wonderful processors, so I can't really agree that "the smaller the better" is the right way.
Personally, even if I'm a sw engineer ... (or just becuase this) I dislike to face with complex (sw/hw it doen't matter) algorithm-based (programmed) devices to make music... becuase in general the complexity take away creative freedom a musician need when performing on musical instruments;
An approach that achive more results is wath you could call "bottom-up" approcah, where, starting with a simple, poor instrument, you are forced to get the best form it ... it happen that a creation start from a "bug" ... an "error" on device usage ;-) ... I presume I coould avoid maggnificient examples of that in art and science!
So I reaffirm the "simpler is better" generala statement.
In any cases, You don't have to agree with me!
I wish you all the best with Eventides that without dubts are amazing processors ...
But, I just listened yesterday some Robert Fripp recent recording with his famous processor-box containing two (or four?) Eventide among others .. I sincerely consider this music ugly ...
so it's really the technological power that help artists to explore news paths to beauty ?