Music is Dying?

I just went to http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/singles to check out the UK Top 40 Singles. Why did I do it? I did it just to see how terrible the music industry right now is, and how much music has changed.

Back when music was ‘invented’ so to speak, it was made as a rhythm for people to work to, or ways of tribes recognizing each other, or so a group of people new that another group of people was nearby. Then as time progressed, people slowly began to like the beat of the song, and they began to want to listen to it more and more, until, as time progressed, people invented new instruments, and music got more and more complicated.

Years continued to go by, and technology advanced, until people began to record the music that people played, and eventually we reached the ‘digital age’. The world that we live in now, where you can create a song in Logic Pro in about an hour that has a funky beat, synth, and LOADS of bass. Yes, being able to use Logic, Cubase, FL Studio, or whatever software it is that created that piece of music does require talent, yes, but is that really what music is about? Editing waves to create something that people enjoy listening to. Well, if someone enjoys listening to it, then it surely is music? But where is the talent in that really? It is so much easier to create that, then actually PLAYING the drums, keyboard, guitar and bass yourself. That requires, either a person with loads of talent, or an entire band of people.

I look at the Top 10 now and all I see is digital music with bass and synth. Some not even that. Some are just a beat and a guy rapping about women over the top of it. Is that really what people want to hear now? Is that really what the world has come to? Only about 10 years ago music still required talent. People actually played the instruments on the songs that they created. Unfortunately, television programs such as The X Factor, and Britain’s Got Talent (or whatever countries equivalent to that) have played a big role in RUINING the music industry by showing that all you need is a half-decent voice (and sometimes not even that) and you can make millions.

I myself, do mostly like rock music (and sometimes a bit of other genres). I don’t like it because it is ‘noisy’ or ‘loud’ as people seem to think it is, but it is one of the ONLY genres out there now in which people really play there own instruments, and have talent. I am not saying singers like Lorde, or Lana Del Ray don’t have talent. No they really do, they have such powerful voices, but the music which they sing on is all digital. It was just one person sitting at a computer and programming in a few sounds. That should not be what music is. Music isn’t just about enjoying what you listen to, it is also about appreciating that real time and effort was put into making that song that you are enjoying.

Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant,

The Life Poster

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2 Comments

  1. I sympathise and to a certain extent agree but some music can be both electronic and complex. I like you mainly listen to rock but I also like The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers and The Scratch Perverts. If you go to a gig of a DJ or dance act sometimes they do use instruments like a bass guitar or keyboard in it and even when they don’t the amount of mixing with some DJs is insane. I know that is not what you are referring to in terms of the synthetic music that is popular now, I entirely sympathise in that I hate the repetitive nonsense that sounds like one guy in his attic made it but I thought I would give my input anyway.

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    • Oh it can be definitely. There is an album called ‘Extinction’ by a guy called ‘Benn’ that is electronic, and retains some complexity in it as well, and I admire artists that do that. The artist in question specifically went out of his way to use old synthesisers, that where also quite complex so he had a harsh sound in his music, whilst it was still quite accessible. I also don’t mind The Prodigy as well, because they do have more talent in there music. And yes, the current popular music that ‘chavs’ like is terrible and contains almost no talent in it whatsoever.

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