How often do we hear something really unique ?
If we define what is termed ‘new’, as variations on existing things, then everyone’s variations are new in themselves. But that doesn’t necessarily create anything unique, you really have to work hard (or be lucky !) to create something that is unique or ‘new’.
Processing of sounds comes to mind here, all too often the same effects, processes and techniques are heard. Choice of Instrumentation requires imagination to move beyond well trodden paths. In order to create unique material, much time and craft is required – it doesn’t just happen with our good intentions. It’s a work in progress and to my mind, it never stops. I don’t believe we truly ‘master’ anything, we just carry on learning.
I believe that as sentient beings we are unique, and music (like all the arts) strives for the expression of that uniqueness, I also believe that by constantly working on our practice (analogous to the playing of an instrument for many years of one’s life) we become better able to express our uniqueness in ‘new’ ways and this learning greatly enriches us along the way.
Music is a great leveller, all the best theories, concepts and ideas only matter if the music can stand up on it’s own right.