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This is my first blog post if you have not noticed....in response to iros industrial here.
I was originally going to post this under his personal column, but thought I would address this to anyone who happens to stumble across my page, and I also get a little off tangent. My blog is also not completely directed toward him.
Multiple critics (not targeting any group here) are labeling a lot of mainstream music or whatever instantly appears on MTV as complete crap without giving fair criticisms. You can't put a universal definition on what's good music or bad music. noise = sound waves. music = sound waves.
You can judge music on technicality...except being able to compose and/or perform complex and/or difficult music will not always equate to producing good music. (usually the simpler riffs are the more catchy ones)
With that said, 80-90% of modern mainstream music composed is based on simple melodies and catchy rhythms that usually are in a simple time signature and phrasing pattern emphasizing vocals and lyrics. It's attracted a wide fanbase throughout the world and millions enjoy it. Why stop marketing this type of music?
The only point I mostly agree with Iros Industrial on is #4(I don't necessarily disagree with the other three, they just need to be thought out more thoroughly). Producers are letting music get molded with visual depictions and personal which I think can damage having full creativity of your music. (Can you honestly say it's only been this way for the past 15 years though?) If you don't have the appearance or a concert- charismatic personality(which shouldn't have anything to do with music) then you're music probably won't get popular. This in a sense is destroying music-well maybe not exactly, it just might be a consolidation of two arts(and seeking more $$ needless to say). You also need to take the target audience in consideration as well. A crusty old musician will consider a Hillary Duff or Hannah Montana (sp) crap-which is fine, because their market is particularly 8-14 year old girls.
Many consider the vocal style of screaming crap. In his first point he says it's only good when its used "right?" How is the scream genre screaming right when a genre like Death Metal doesn't? screamo emphasizes the more emotional and poetic side of vocals, while death metal focuses more on primal, evil sounding feel to add onto a track. They add lots of intensity and power which you wouldn't be able to accomplish any other way in a vocal sense. You should never limit ways to express emotion.
#2 is again subjective (but hey we have the right to state our opinions). Basically he's saying that having a shitty vocalist will always result in shitty music. What about having a sloppy guitarist? A boring bassist? A dull drummer? Why exactly does the singer have to be the face and determinant of the group? Again saying someone is shitty is subjective(if you can hit pitches correctly and stay in key, and on time, then you don't suck). If you look around on newgrounds (comprised mostly of indie artists) you can usually extract negatives out of their stuff but you shouldn't stop listening to it because you here one element that you don't like. Here's a personal example of mine, in my opinion I think the vocalist of Dream Theater's style is annoying because it's too "epic" and high pitched for my taste, but I still love listening to the band for their amazing guitar, keyboard, drumming, and bass compositions that appeals to my ears. The drummer in White Stripes can be considered dull and repetitive for multiple reasons, but theyre still successful for their guitar and vocal work(in comparison, the guitarist/vocalist might not be famous if it wasn't for simple drum beats to back up his work)
Ahh #3....I HATE when people classify rap for being nothing more than people just talking about hos, rims, money...you need to delve more into the genre before you say that. Don't like rap/hip hop? Fine, but dont make rash generalizations based on what you've seen on TV.
He concludes his blog with saying he can't wait until the day when this "tasteless garbage" is gone. Our children and grandchildren may say the exact same thing towards the popular music of their age. If we kept limiting people to what they cannot produce, we'd still be singing dull gregorian chants that are older than Jesus. If it wasn't for the experiments of "tasteless garbage" from people before us, then there would be no metal, techno, hip hop, DnB, pop, jazz, etc., genres. There would be less variety. There would be less ways to compose and share yourself through music.
What I'm saying here could be completely wrong. But music nowadays is more driven by money and fame moreso then the actual desire to make something that genuinely sounds audibly pleasant to you. The entertainment world is based on its economy. I don't see any solution to this problem(depending on how you look at it) to this in the future so good luck not hearing "tasteless garbage" in mainstream media ten or twenty years down the road.
Still state why you think music is bad...if you're giving an insightful explanation behind it. Make sure to consider the context, purpose, and audience behind the piece. My point is, don't limit expression. Art doesn't have boundaries. Experiment, fuse, don't be afraid to be original, listen to different styles, learn and analyze, explore new worlds.
Please share your opinions and thoughts! I don't necessarily expect you to agree; but I atleast hope you can see where I'm coming from.
Later! Thanks for your patience if you read it all the way through :)