Thanks for your inquiring. I’m 54 years old and prior to jumping into Eurorack I didn’t have a history of making music, I was only a consumer of listening (I got started following my attendance of Moogfest in 2016 where I bought a Mother32). The puzzle found in this complex entanglement of potentiality is riveting and while it is at times incredibly frustrating it is also more profoundly rewarding as I stumble into discovery. That is after-all the nature of being a child and being young, except I get to approach it with determination and some slightly better developed attitudes and skills.
When I was a teen in the late 70’s I resented “old people thinking” that dismissed punk and industrial as not being music, I couldn’t believe that others wouldn’t consider the art of Hermann Nitsch or the writings of William Burroughs. I associated intolerance and staid routines with a conformity that took people to death after a life of being boring.
So when I see “young-ish” musically accomplished people debating menu diving in modular synthesis, I have to figure they are the voice of tradition and being old which then becomes the invitation to rebel against their desire for conformity and take on what they fear. So not only do I have a Teletype, I also have been tackling the Control Forge, ER-101 and ER-102, Ornament & Crime, and any alternative firmware that I read enough whining about.
I suppose some of it all comes down to being in love with life and that we have a potential that I believe borders on the infinite so I want to explore those areas where I’m without compass. Robert Heinlein once wrote, “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” Funny thing is I only learned of that quote about a dozen years ago.