Hello everyone. I wanted to start this topic to hear your thoughts regarding what was mentioned in patten-fact interview. The point was that there’s certain problem with instant consumption of music and no place to discuss or research it when everything just scrolls down the feed.
I see this thought interconnected with criticism in music, and this thread is also a reflection on this article https://crackmagazine.net/article/opinion/when-did-music-journalism-stop-wielding-the-axe/
What I see is that there is almost no negative tone regarding any new stuff. Let’s say we are talking about indie/“underground” scene, and not about 1/10 ratings in fact singles for nonsense mainstream hits. It appears to be reasonable when you just shed light on the music that is great and try to use strategy “ignore it and maybe it’ll go away” for all the other stuff. I do it myself all day. But I wonder if it’s the best possible way, just to let all the seeds grow and see the best of them to become great artists. I remember frighteningly harsh reviews in the past, almost “killing careers”. I don’t see them today but I see lots of bad music. The difference between past and present is that in the past you might read an opinion on music in a magazine and a writer with immense knowledge can explain why this music is low-minded and vulgar and just a bad copy of something you never heard of and this will have an impact on your taste and urge to dig and to know more either if you agree with author or don’t. Today there is no writer, kids just use recommendations to listen to the next playlist (there are certain media, you all know them, but still it seems like a dying profession). And the next playlist is just more new stuff. And why is it wrong? I don’t remember film where Moby said that, but quote was something like “when everyone around making mediocre music, the world eventually will be covered in mediocrity and then people will start to be comfortable with mediocrity”
It’s an axiom not to judge. Show me RA podcast comment that mix is garbage without minuses. You make music? Cool. Not my cup of tea but it’s amazing, keep doing it. Does this position add up value to the whole thing when it comes to modern electronic music, with all the accessible tools to make it and audiences to reach out to? Why don’t be more real? Yeah let’s go to this live techno act but the sequence and drum pattern aren’t changing for 10 minutes ahh I forgot that’s live, then you’re right, it sounds cool. And you, maan, everyone is raving about arca, I heard, but you just trying to copy his sound with 1000 other soundcloud producers with your obscure labels with same effected clangs and noise and gunshots. I guess I listen to a lot of stuff as anyone on this forum do and it just becomes more difficult to find great music because of soooo muuch generic tracks and labels that are actually mentioned, claimed as something cool and new, like it’s anything of substance - just to forget about it in a week. I’m constantly finding myself forgetting releases that I thought were great. I do not return to them, don’t have urge to give them another listen, can’t even remember why I liked it at first or recommended to someone. Have you been in that situation? I guess they just sound different and weird. We like that because it stands out. But it hardly means that you’ll want to play it to your kids in 20 years.
To sum up I just can’t decide which side I’m on and which will make us have more great music and strong scenes everywhere :1) let’s have no judgement and wait till this generic making guys progress to the moon - kinda what we have now 2) let’s be honest and criticize generic when it’s generic to motivate and to stop everything to be covered with mediocrity. I guess only more deep and analytical journalism can change it for the better, and refusal to praise all the new stuff just because this label’s consistent or this genre’s getting popular, and maybe same goes to promoters.
I’m not complaining, we definitely live in the best time possible with tremendous amount of new music and instant access to it, we’re blessed. I’m just interested am I alone on this or is it a common ground for a discussion.