The Un-responsive Website

So the Sound Player test/programming/re-working/testing is pretty much done and during the process, the site got some stability in it’s layout. I’ve chosen to go with a minimum fixed width site for a bunch of reasons. Top of the list are content respect and presentation. I also think when sites adjust themselves into different configurations for different screen sizes, etc.. The motion,adjustment,adding or subtracting of elements is a distraction and makes the user “re-adjust” themselves. We have enough “distraction obstacles” , whether self-created or otherwise, in this world to maneuver thru on a daily basis and I’m choosing not to add to it.

There is another deep underlying reason for the fixed layout. The current trend in the musical world that quantity is much more important than quality & originality. The need to get as many peoples attention as possible, distribute on as many platforms as possible and create as many sales as possible, etc..(there is a long list of  additional item) seems to have taken over in favor of artistic craftsmanship. Yes I just combined those two words into a singular definition. That’s a completely different conversation.

I did contribute to and got caught up in this trend for a while in years past, but it left me with hollow unfulfilling accomplishment, extreme stress, fatigue and a profound sense of “losing my path” that reverberated and lingered in my world (no pun intended) for quite a few years. Yet, without the experience, I would not be here.

Ok, back to the Un-responsive site design concept. I see the site and it’s content more in a sense of going to a real gallery or library.  A stable environment, that creates a space for the works to be presented in and does not itself distract people from the content within. The Musical Elements, to me, are works of artistic craftsmanship and deserve a bit more fitting presentation.

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