To cut the story short, the point that I would like to get across is how the digital media affects an artist's work and credibility. At this day and age where auto tunes and graphic designs are the norm, how do we differentiate the true artist from those who are just doing it for pure profit?
This is not to discourage those with aspiring dreams, in contrast, it is to encourage them to perfect their craft and try harder instead of settling for what is "acceptable" and just fine tuning it through digital media.
Art is raw emotion and editing it through digital media just dilutes the passion that the artist is trying to convey in the creation of his media, be it through music, literature or paintings (etc).
I quite miss the era of analog recording and those times where adobe photoshop and the like were not yet present. Technology has turned us into daft human beings. It takes away our soul and the real essence of what it is to be human.
With analog recording, it was easier to sift those with real talent and those who needed more experience/education when it comes to creating music. Auto-tuning takes away the raw emotion and the actual feeling of the songwriter as he was writing the song during the experience that inspired it in the first place. Some of the greatest songs were created in 30 minutes to an hour max. Sure it took weeks to fine tune it but the essence was never taken away. It was just cleaned up and enhanced but still with the raw imperfections that make us all human. Did you know that Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight was written in around 30 minutes while he was waiting for his girlfriend to finish getting ready for a party that they were supposed to attend? Emotions dissipate after a few minutes and I find it very important to write and/or create/gasp the entire idea while you're trapped in the whirlwind of this beautiful occurrence that is solely gifted to humans. Once you take longer, the initial emotions felt are diluted. As a third person listening, looking, reading or listening to what we create, it is our responsibilty to produce an over emphasized version of what we actually felt for them to feel it within them; for it to affect them and for it to make a mark on their being. Music, arts, literature is best when imperfect for that is the true nature of being human. Find perfection in the imperfect for that is what we truly are, that is where we learn from.
Nowadays, music and theatre is most often relied on the beauty of the actor/musician (etc) rather than the talent (of the actors/musicians). I pity the kids. Honestly, when you think about it 20 years down the road, will you remember the face that sang the song or the experience that you connected with it through its powerful vocals and rythms? Art is raw emotion. It shouldn't be polished and perfected because more often than not, art is inspired by the imperfections of daily life.
Digital fine tuning is an insult to our intelligence as a whole.