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Post Reply Who here is disturbed by the poorly made music in the 21st century?
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Posted 5/21/13
This is how it is for most generations. People in my generation (X) think todays music is terrible just as our parents (The Baby Boomers) thought our music was bad. I am sure when our kids become adults and have their own children, they will think the music their kids listen to is terrible.

I tend to like all types of music, but I have to admit something feels very produced and fake about today's music. I am also upset that most of today's artists use autotune. If you can't sing, then you can't sing. Hell, Kurt Cobain wasn't a good singer, but he and Nirvana still made great music. It feels like most mainstream music is so concerned with appealing to the masses that they sacrifice originality for money. Sure, they may make a little money now, but down the road no one will really remember them. Think of some of the great musical acts that people remember. Bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, Soundgarden...they didn't have the most amazing vocals, but the music was original and the lyrics were memorable. Most of today's music lacks that originality.
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Posted 7/2/13
Nicki Minaj....Justin Beiber...must I go on?
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I usually find music and artists that I like, no matter when or where they are produced. I also listen to music produced outside of my own country, which gives me a broader range of choices.
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Posted 7/2/13
show music from the 1960-1990 to people from 1900 and they'll think the same as you right now imo..music has changed a lot since you can just put it online and become a "star" that way. Also it all depends on what 18-25 listens to imo. Kids will try to imitate older people. And right now digital music sells more so that is what people make.
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Posted 7/2/13

ispy12 wrote:

show music from the 1960-1990 to people from 1900 and they'll think the same as you right now imo..music has changed a lot since you can just put it online and become a "star" that way.


Well, this is partially correct. I mean, there is a lot of artists who are putting their EP's up on the internet in hopes of recognition. But mostly, they become "stars" when they sign to a record label.

Even then, I have a wide range of the music I like, from underground rap to Indie rock, so I just ignore the music I don't like, and continue listening to the music I do like. It's pretty subjective, "good" music, so everyone should just stop complaining about how "bad" an artist can be, because someone out there in the world likes it.
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Posted 7/2/13
Today'smusic sucks so bad. I dont even turn on my radio unless its hatsune miku, exit trance, whatever i listened to back in the day or christian radio
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Posted 7/2/13

aeb0717 wrote:

I also listen to music produced outside of my own country, which gives me a broader range of choices.


This right here. This is what keeps me going. Music wise at least.
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Well, as simply an objective observation, almost all modern music pales, in terms of complexity, in comparison to Classical music--if you really want to be picky, take the baroque era. Just have a listen to a few fugues and you'll never wrap your head around the crazy things the voices do in there. A prime example is Bach's 6 part fugue from the Musical Offering:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSm9LEYixvA

And an example of romantic period music is Chopin's Scherzo No. 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_MwPdr7WXQ

Classical music also has the potential, because of it's complexity, to be much more emotionally powerfull than modern pop music. The best example I can think of off the top of my head is Rachmaninoff's Prelude in b minor:

http://vimeo.com/17754361

That's seriously the most depressing thing I've ever heard. Much more heart rending than any breakup song to date.

Even if you don't accept complexity equaling better, most classical music took tons more work to write than modern music. You couldn't be lazy about music writing the way you can now. The only thing that comes close to being as complex as classical music is Jazz. Mind you, there's a lot of bad jazz out there, just as there is bad classical music, but there's a lot of good stuff too. One of my Favorite jazz pieces is Kapustin's Op. 53 No. 23:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv3ZLN0pyVI

It's also important to recognize the immense amount of contemporary music written recently that does have the complexity of classical music.

Ultimately though, a person's taste in music is completely subjective. But it is depressing that the music that composers really and actually worked on to write is ignored while the music that is flippantly and half-assededly written today dominates the hearing of listeners.
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Posted 7/2/13
Great music is still being made, 21st Century music doesn't just contain mainstream music like Lil Wayne, Drake and all that stuff. There's tons of genres that still produce amazing music, you can't just group it all together and say it all sucks, that's unfair. Besides when the bands who are considered "the greats" came out like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and others came out people thought that music was terrible and brainwashed teenagers to worship the devil, now look at them.
Posted 7/2/13
I love a bit of 21st century crap
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There is still really good music and there this is really bad music its always been like that. I agree the mainstream is whack but there are some good ones. Good artist still out there just gotta find them :P.
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Posted 7/2/13
I enjoy today's music. I probably don't listen to much pre-90s music, but I certainly don't think it sucks simply because I don't enjoy it.
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Posted 7/2/13

aeb0717 wrote:

I usually find music and artists that I like, no matter when or where they are produced. I also listen to music produced outside of my own country, which gives me a broader range of choices.


Pretty much this. I recently slowly started to listen to japanese artists to broaden my range
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Posted 7/2/13
I agree, the 90s is when American music hit the toilet and it's still there. Lately I've been watching videos of a band from Japan called Scandal, don't understand the words, but it's good rock & roll.And 4 good looking girls, you can't miss.
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