Hahahaha! Yes, this has been a topic of conversation between my friends and I for decades. As we have observed technology simultaneously make it easier for anyone - even me - to lay tracks down and cheat on just what it takes to be a "real musician", it has become more and more difficult to find new music that shows evidence of real talent. It's becoming harder and harder to feed one's audiophiliosis!
Even musicians with "real talent" can now fake it. Vocal enhancement technology enables aging rockers like Joe Walsh and Roger Waters to hit notes they otherwise have lost the ability to hit. Drummers are begging for gigs on the side of the road: "will drum for food". Keyboardists now play the QWERTY keys instead of the ol' black & white.
The one really good invention is headphones, which is what my kids wear when they're listening to music. I like it, and they don't have to listen to my music either. Win-win.
I agree completely. We now have music "stars" and I use that term lightly, who were born from reality TV contests and social media. It is amazing how little some of these people have talent. Thanks to technology, singers that would of been laughed at back in the day sound perfect. These are also the ones that lip sync at shows so they can put on a display. The more people that are drawn to the stage show, means less people paying attention to the actual singing or instruments being played.
What happened to the days of playing clubs relentlessly and travelling in a beat up van to play gigs just so you could build up an audience and get some record execs to listen to you? Apparently times have changed, and I don't think for the best. At least when it comes to producing great music.
Kevin: That's something I never heard before...do you have any idea how that works? I know there's a lot lost in analog to digital translation, but I thought that could be compensated for becuase digital can be edited so easily.
I have a confession: I listened to music on vinyl records...45s and 78s.
Barbara is certainly correct about the millisecond attention span that so many people have today. It is hard to explain something to them if the explanation takes more than a minute or two. They totally lack the ability to focus on anything for an extended period of time, like five minutes.
Of course there is also a huge lack of talent, and it is most demonstrated by "music" that can't stand on it's own, but that must have all sorts of show to complete "the experience."
Of course, I have a theory that the training of a whole generation to be unable to focus or pay attention is part one of a plot to enslave them all, since they will not be able to concentrate long enough to realize that they are not free any more. Interestingly, this idea has not yet been challenged as unreasonable.
A friend gave me a few tunes on recordable CD (how old fashioned that sounds already!). One of them I really liked and heard on old fashioned FM radio one day. Wow - It sounded like a completely different song! I checked the CD later and found the file had a very small file size - you really do lose something.
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