Tradition can (and does) protect an art form from having its spirit contaminated.
But clung onto unquestioned, it stifles innovation too.
Is it unequivocally bad practice to sample from a youtube video?
Is our iPhone microphone really an unusable source of audio?
If questions like these aren’t asked before we honour tradition, we don’t do it for the spirit..
We do it because it’s safe.
And safe is a tough box to escape from.