On Being a Hack
Putting together lessons and videos for Fluidsynth has been instructive, as these things always are. Nothing exposes the mistakes in my code or errors in my thinking like trying to teach to someone else, which something I’ve always found in my more traditional teaching role as well. It’s useful but also a humbling yet comforting reminder that (certainly) I (and probably everyone else) go through life trying to understand and get better at a lot of things we have to pretend we’re good at. That’s one reason I like working on these musical gadgets so much – I feel like I can create something worthwhile and useful even though I am by no means pro at any of the skills involved – coding, engineering, etc.
We’re all hack to varying degrees at just about everything, and in the end what matters is what you create.