Tools over technique

The great benefit of computer sequencers is that they remove the issue of skill, and replace it with the issue of judgement.

—Brian Eno


The extent to which technique is a defensive moat is the extent to which human expression is being limited by available tools. Collapse the distance between imagination and implementation by building tools.


Every time a tool bridges a defensive moat, there will be arguments about what counts as "real art".


  • Where is techique a defensive moat?
  • Where do you see "ameteur" or DIY subcultures? Example: Homebrew Computer Club, DIY, Maker Movement, Indie Biology. What tools are they missing? What tools are inaccessible to them? How can you create access to tools?
  • What kinds of experience cannot be replaced or unlocked via a tool? Where does replacing technique with a tool cause harm?

You'll need access to tools, and you may want to consider bootstrapping.