Chip McDonald Posted January 1, 2001 Share Posted January 1, 2001 Ok, yahoo, it's 2001. .. and I'm sitting here realizing that, being on the older side of being a Gen X-er, the year 2 0 0 1 was sort of the last sign post on the road, so to speak. Now that we're on the other side of it, and nothing happened - at least in the sense of a blinding actinic flash through the window followed by 3 seconds of painful incineration - where are we heading? It seems the trend is to *mindlessly* push everything to the extreme these days. I predict this gets worse; there *is* a tomorrow, and it seems a bit boring so that will become exacerbated. Which means I think music will continue to crash into more *forced* combinations of disparate styles, while on the far ends of the spectrum music will get lower, deeper, faster, while on the other end higher, whispier, and slower... any day now I predict the beginnings of aerogel music, which won't translate to MP3's upper bandwidth limitations: music that sounds like a slightly less morbid Ligeti combined with Enya's production style, but with a bent towards "total air-iness" above 8K... .. While no doubt metal will continue lower, more primate in vocalizations to the point of distinct emulation of other species. But the musical-gumbo approach will burn out in a few years - it's already getting hard to come up with a "new" combination (Gregorian house music; folk Polish rap; country punk; metal ska; swing core; etc.). Something weird will have to happen culturally in under 10 years; I don't think the mindless trend can continue unabated as it is doing right now; either a new renaissance of music appreciation will occur, or we'll enter a musical dark ages. I'm telling you - the notion that the cycle of the continuous consumption of "new" music as something to be taken for granted is NOT truth. I can very easily imagine, based on my encounters with a large portion of the youth by teaching guitar/bass, a future as follows: the old "classics" (basically the entire catalog of music produced until "now") are ubiquitously available somewhere on the Net at all times, and music is considered something akin to a "maintenance" activity. I teach a number of kids today that listen to music that was made before they were born. That's an entirely new thing I think in the "pop" industry. There is a cadre of kids that are perfectly content listening to classic rock. Or for that matter, "classic" alternative, defunct college rock: REM, for example. The point being, a major portion of music being produced today has either a great novelty aspect to it, and that's going to wear thin eventually. If the industry doesn't go back to pre-80's standards of trying to put out great *music*, not "product" - there could be a gradual but definitive social perspective change towards the idea of "listening to music". Or maybe I'm just still reeling from having one of the first things I heard in the 21st century tonight on television (and I don't even think it was EmptyV) being the following: "and now, here is the foremost group in the growing booty music field today, leading such booty music acts as (name withheld, name withheld)" Booty music...? Sigh. I hope I've not offended any possible booty music engineers or producers with my post, but you're probably making a nice amount of loot and probably don't mind it anyway, do you? Does this mean I have booby music to look forward to in 2002? Or maybe I'm wrong: the apocalypse is the slow inundation and acceptance of the inane. Oh well. Didn't I hear a rumor that King George Jr. was going to have Z.Z. Top at the inaugural? Maybe that's going to be the future: we musicians we'll be relegated to being Court Entertainers for Global Corporate Fiefdoms and Kings, doomed to being in glorified cover bands as the Musical Dark Ages envelopes the sensibilities of the New World Order. Can anyone tell I'm off to a grrrrreat New Year? I... defiinitely.....cannnn... feeeellll my... miiiinnd...... goinggggggggg........... Daaaisy, Daaaaaais http://www.mp3.com/chipmcdonald Guitar Lessons in Augusta Georgia: www.chipmcdonald.com Eccentric blog: https://chipmcdonaldblog.blogspot.com/ / "big ass windbag" - Bruce Swedien Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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