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Old 11-09-2001, 02:04 AM
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Default SEX and Pro Tools: A Users Guide

"SIGMUND FREUD'S GUIDE TO PRO TOOLS"
Hi Folks. This post has come from some musings arising from another post on the DAW World Forum.(which by the way is a great forum. It's moderated by people such as Julian Standen and Greg Malcangi. Well worth a visit. Some great "raves" going on over there - but as always BYOD's. You can find it on: www.recording.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php

It's basically the same post, but after experiencing Felix's epic Post of The Year Nominated "How To Set Levels In Pro Tools" I thought the more warped and twisted of you might find this amusing -even revealing. (OK those of you that believe you're not warped and twisted put up your hands. Right you can go and stand with the rest of your minority group in the kitchen!).

PREMISE: Forums such as Digi's appear on a new Medium/technology - the Net. Some
people consider them to exist in "cyberspace" and call them "virtual chatrooms". As a new medium, conventional forms of communication may need to be "fitted" into the new form. Often misunderstandings occur, where they may
not have happened before. Any of you that have put up a post, and got a reply that claimed you were rude, insulting, callous, or just a bad dresser, when you thought you were being nice, charming and a pleasure to associate with may know what I mean.

This is lengthy but hopefully you'll find it worth the trip.

BACKGROUND:A few years ago I was part of a university research team looking into the notion of Virtual Galleries. One day I was innocently surfing the net. The next thing I
knew I was whisked away to a full on Porn Site - I don't know I clicked something (honest Mum, I don't know where those magazines came from!) and there I was. And boy did these guys have their multi-media, all singing, all dancing websites together. You want movies? You want music? You want fast efficient downloads and sites that load quickly? You want easily navigable well
designed interfaces? Well they've got them!!! I became intrigued with the eroticism that some people are able to invest in these technologies. Those people who are into phone sex and cyber sex (let me underline this : THOSE people!). On a lesser level, a good friend of mine joined the ICQ chatlines. She
stopped going out, even her Saturday nights were spent "chatting" for hours on the computer. I was amazed at the level of intimacy that people were able to quickly establish on these things.

Anyway, this became the basis of a post-grad Honours thesis. What was it that prompted people to become so - erm - involved - with these technologies? I began to re-read the early writings of Freud and his theories of the unconscious.

REFRESHER: Just to refresh: for the young Sigmund Freud SEX ruled. Everything was to do with sex.All art. All music, all communication, all religion. Sex. Sex. Sex. Freud would have even linked the new sports Jaguars to sex (hmm…maybe he had a point…). So I looked at the operating system of computers compared them with Freuds interpretation of the symbols that occur in dreams.
Remember of course, Freud also believed that these unconscious symbols and desires ran as an undercurrent in our waking, conscious life. So, although many people believe Sigmund's early theories to be severely limited (for instance sex does not exist for some people e.g. the Taliban), nonetheless, to an extent, he did have a point (no pun intended). So, for your approval, edification, and (hopefully)enjoyment, here is :

"SIGMUND FREUDS GUIDE TO PRO TOOLS"
(Sorry about some of the language, I mean I did nearly become an academic!)

Using the classic theories of dream symbolism formulated by Freud we can try and understand why people "Love" their ProTools.


For Freud everything related to SEX.He thought all our thoughts and desires of and for sex were "coded" in dream symbols.These also operated "unconsciously" in our waking life. He also split symbols very clearly into male/female categories.Quite outrageously so if you're into Post Feminist Mixing.
Freuds claim that everything relates to sex is considered by many to be...excessive.
Assuming that he may be right in some cases however, we can see how the operating interface system of Pro Tools may be unconsciously working on us (note to Dave Lebolt -quite unintentionally of course!).

So using the symbolic coding described by Freud in his "Theory Of Dreams", here we go.

1. The Computer Screen.
The screen of the computer monitor (or in this case The main Pro Tools Window) represents the unconscious. This is a
transference/projection of one of the components of the unconscious, called the
"id" (which exists in a state Freud called primary narcissism). The screen becomes an embodiment of a feeling sensed as a "limitless extension and oneness with the universe". This matches the earliest feelings we have as an infant.

2. GUI's and Windows.
Two of the major players in computers, Apple Macintosh and Microsoft both feature a windows-icon-menu-pointer interface(WIMP).This is also a feature of
most DAW's, including Pro Tools. This interface symbol, the window, is for Freud, a major and exclusive signifier of female genitalia. (Are you still with me folks?).

3. The Cursor.
Using an arrow shaped cursor, one clicks the mouse over interactive signs-"hyperlinks" - buttons, plug-ins, faders, etc., to access more windows and or functions. The arrow is a sharp pointed weapon of penetration, which for Freud means it is also a symbol of the male genitalia.

To continue.( Or maybe you should have that cup of coffee now).

4. The Computer "Mouse".
The additional use of the "mouse" - which enables a faster more visual access to
computers - lays this reductionist, latent content approach on with the proverbial trowel. The mouse, as a small animal, or vermin, is a signifier for children, ie. a child. We see then, a symbolic configuration of major primal,infantile, mythic proportion.

5. "Help" Balloons.
But wait, there's more! If one gets stuck, there are "help balloons". And the significance of the balloon?

"The remarkable characteristic of the male organ which enables it to rise up in defiance of the laws of gravity, one of the phenomena of erection, leads to its being represented symbolically by balloons,flying machines, and most recently by Zeppelin airships."
(Introductory Lectures To Pyscho-Analysis- Vol One. Sigmund Freud.)

Apart from anything else this may help to explain the front of Robert Plants trousers in the Led Zep movie The Song Remains The Same!!!!

6. The Browser.
A major browser used to surf the web is "Navigator" which features a ship's steering wheel as its icon.We sail upon the electric ocean.

The significance of all this can be read and summarised as follows:
1. The Pro Tools "window" is a symbolic representation of the female genitalia.
2. The arrow of the cursor is a signifier
for the male genitalia.
3. Water (upon which we surf ie. "surfing the net" - see Pro Tools new internet capabilities) is an expression within
dreams of birth.

So what does all this mean? It means that the next time you click your cursor on the screen of your Pro Tools make sure that your girlfriend/boyfriend/anything in between/ is not looking over your shoulder - they might not understand. And the next time you hear somebody say "I love my Pro Tools" well, they might not be kidding!!!
Happy Mouse clicking.
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Old 11-09-2001, 03:11 AM
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Old 11-09-2001, 07:30 AM
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I'm gonna send you a bill for 5 mintues wasted time.
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Old 11-10-2001, 04:44 AM
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And you had nothing to say of the ProControl? With all those moving thingys on it?
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Old 11-11-2001, 06:39 AM
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Ummmm... Plug ins? I can't believe nobody else has pointed this one out yet...
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Old 11-11-2001, 12:58 PM
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I say I love my Pro Tools all the time but I think I'll stick to by beautiful wife for the sexual thing and Pro Tools for the Music thing.


I can't believe that I read this post. I also should bill you for some time.

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Old 11-12-2001, 12:18 PM
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preferences
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Old 11-12-2001, 03:00 PM
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by KamaSutra77:
I'm gonna send you a bill for 5 mintues wasted time.[/QUOTE
I'm sorry you think this way, however going by your name you probably knew all this stuff anyway. Nonetheless, as Freud noted, a lot of this works subliminally over time.Considering what he thought about the mouse and the cursor, maybe you'll find yourself stroking it more gently (I mean how many hours alone do we spend with these things!!!)
For everybody else, Freud actually did believe this is what this sort of stuff symbolised. Obviously he was a pre-analog sort of guy, but the symbols are the same.
Not saying I go for it myself, but looking at the love/hate relationship I have with this technology, I'm thinking of namimg my mouse
Richard(Burton) and the screen Elizabeth (Taylor.Ah..what a twisted world we live in.
Love, peace, and good gear.

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Old 11-13-2001, 09:09 AM
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You just added 5 more to the bill, shall I start a tab for you ?
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Old 11-13-2001, 04:21 PM
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Peter Steinbach:

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What, no cigarette [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] ?
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