Max Martin picks up another award for one of his hits. Old Max has been feasting on Satan’s pecker for so long now that he makes Abba sound like Captain Beefheart. Max doesn’t care, he has 300 million in the bank and is passing on Satan’s sperm to the rest of the world.
Music sucks and here is why…
Music lacks harmonic complexity and timbral diversity and is compressed to sound louder. Timbral diversity is a richness and depth in sound that you get when you put a microphone up against things of metal and wood being hit. This texture in sound peaked in the 60’s and has been going downhill ever since.
Most modern music is recorded with a drum machine (mostly in a computer, not even a real hardware drum machine) and made with a keyboard and a computer. If you don’t believe me, listen to BBC Radio One for two hours.
If you do this, you will also notice how many songs sound the same because hundreds of artists now use the same sequence of notes and go whoa whoa on everything. This is known as the millenial whoop. Also, right now and over the last 10 or so years, most pop music has been written by the same two people; Max Martin and Lukasz Gottwald. If you are under 30, these two cunts have been fucking you for a long time.
Added to this, the powers that be have created a world of uncertainty and lies and kept us all confused so now we crave familiarity more and more. Then there is the access to millions of songs instantly. Our attention spans ain’t what they used to be. Before, you spent more money on less music and so you applied yourself to the music more, squeezed more out of it and were prepared for more experimentation. Now it’s time to skip and flick and music has to be crammed full of hooks right from the first bar.
The loudness war. Music is compressed so it appears to be louder when all that is really happening is the dynamic range is being reduced.
The risk factor. In the old days demo’s were sent to labels and bands were signed. More bands were signed and less was spent on marketing. The public voted with their ears. Music was of a higher musical standard because of this, and although many bands failed to cross over into the mainstream, those that did, financed the labels to keep signing the ones that didn’t. More diversity, more experimental music.
Now it takes between £500- £3 million to market the act. Does Simon Cowell or anyone else want to risk losing that? Take a pretty face from a talent show and foist.
Globalisation. It’s now easy to take that TV reality star in the making and put her in every magazine, on every radio station and TV show and use her song in the latest movie and have her perform in the big arenas etc. because one company owns all venues, radio and TV stations and magazines.
Ans so you get James Blunt. Three times they tried to break that song ‘You’re beautiful.’ We knew it was tosh and we didn’t want it but millions had been spent and a return was needed. By the third time they paid all the staff in the record shops to ding the barcode of his record in for every sale made in the shop. Unsurprisingly, he went to number one.
Once James Blunt is number one, even if you didn’t like it before, after repeated listens, most people start to like it. You get brainwashed. Humans love repetition, especially in music.
There are loads of great bands out there but they won’t be signed because they are too risky. Music needs to remain experimental and should remain as a valid art form and not disappear into the commercial fog.
We just raised £4578 through Kickstarter to make an Orange Vinyl album that will only be available in a very limited form. Most people who bought it are getting a credit as an executive producer on the records artwork. Why? Because that is exactly what they are! You still have time to get your name on this record if you want to. So become a patron of the arts and keep music evil (as BJM would say).
Grab a record HERE before it’s too late to help and make a difference in this ever more fucked up world we live in.
Go and help Lesley out over at the Beggars Arkive as she tries to keep the great music of yesterday alive too. She’s given us The Closer You Get again with a second Peel sessions and B-sides album. An amazing package for only £20. She’s doing it all again with The Things We Make. Help her out and keep the Beggars Arkive alive. It’s important.
Also, got some of these old six by seven albums off me, on sale for a just a quid…just a few left.