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Hello Lady's and gentlemen. my name is Howe2doit, and I am asking a simple question: is music dead? I am seeing an ongoing faze of techno music with auto tuned singers with zero to little talent. not only that, hardly anyone actually buys there wok any more. I mean, why would you? its free!

(be advised this is my first forum post and am likely to mess up. Also, I will not get offended by nearly anything: please give constructive criticism.)
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Posted 5/28/16
Music is not dead. Mainstream music yes, music in general, no. It's just the things that are popular and promoted nowadays make it seem like that what music has become. You just gotta dig deep and find the ones that give messages rather than talking about money and strippers all the time. Honestly it's the beat that brings people in. The lyrics don't matter. Hell if it comes with a dance craze it's even better. If the artist is popular then it won't matter what they sing, people will worship it like it's the greatest thing ever. The song could suck and people will love it. This is why I don't like mainstream music, it's hard to find good music nowadays.

Also I have no problem with techno and dubstep and all of that. As long as I feel an orginality in the beats it's good.
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Posted 5/28/16
Thinking music is dead or dying is stupid. Certain genres may be becoming less popular but music itself will never die. Even the music you and I hate is still music. No matter what there will always be music. Animes have their soundtracks, elevators have their aptly named elevator music, and auto tune singers have their uh... technology. Even if their voices are crap without it. Also I'm sure people buy their "wok" (you should probably edit that into "work" )The people who own spotify and itunes don't just ask nicely for their music and get it. They pay them and in exchange sell them on itunes or let you listen to it in exchange for a monthly fee. At least I think that's how it works. I'm a dumbass though so I don't really know
Also I don't know if xi qualifies as techno but they're pretty great. Links in spoiler because they're long.
The touhou series also has some great music but idk if that's techno either. the best way to put it into a genre is uh... electronic? They're not made by humans at least. If they were their hands would probably fall off afterwards.
Well there's my thoughts on this matter. Just remember one thing if you respond to me. I'm a dumbass that doesn't know jack crap about how this stuff actually works. I just know music isn't dead... probably.
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Posted 5/28/16
There's always good bands putting out good music. Might be harder to find since it's not some Drake popping up everywhere but you just have to look in the right places. Personally I love a lot of reggae music that has been released over the past few years
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I find it prudent to say that there is value in all music. Specifically, todays Pop music fills a void in the music industry; it is a honed and carefully crafted product being sold to a certain audience that is extremely loyal to it, or maybe they're just being exploited without their knowledge. From a business standpoint, it does not even matter, and oddly enough this is a genius mentality. Pumping out seemingly subpar music that generates a great income for the creators and satisfies it's target audience. I found that this was especially prominent from 2007-2010.

However, I feel as though pop music has regained some of it's integrity since then. People like Drake and his team have made many revelations in music production, they effectively created a new sound of Hip Hop infused R&B which has all but taken over mainstream hip-hop entirely. People like Future who use AutoTune only as an accessory to the already-interesting timbre of his voice. I have dabbled in AutoTune myself and I can tell you that it does not make every note that you sang flat suddenly become the right note, you still need to be in Key (at least with the AutoTune I'm familiar with), it just makes the journey from Note-to-Note more immediate ... if that makes sense. It is just another tool to make a song with, and I personally don't believe it that it is just an easy way out.

Of course, there is always the option to dig past the popular norm and delve into the millions of artists that are out there, not in the international foreground. Even in days that have long since passed, music was always present and always respected. I believe it is still the same today and will continue for a long time.

As for buying music, before the digital MP3, money was vastly made by sales of albums in music. People love things they can physically hold and see, and with the absence of the internet and immediate access in the times before the MP3, you felt a social shift when an album was released. People would line up outside of stores to purchase an album from an artist, and replay it with there friends all day and night. As soon as the digital age occurred and revolutionized everything, there was no longer a tangible product to sell by the masses. Perhaps even the discussions about albums became more inward and left unspoken. To me, this was a huge blow to the music industry, as though everything that had happened before to build it had been cut in half at the appearance of the MP3. Convenience took over and we became lazy and it started to show in our popular music. It has taken us until recently to start to bring back a fresh feeling to pop music. It has taken us until now to create a system in which artists are getting their money and consumers are getting their convenience through all of the streaming services available now. Streams now count towards album sales (I think for every 100 streams of an album it evens out to One Album Sale, or something like that), so Artists have another platform to generate income.

So long story short, no I do not think music is dead, nor will it die for many, many centuries to come. Let me know what you think.

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Posted 5/28/16 , edited 5/28/16
Well whats its mainly used for in some areas like the mainstream ones (to a degree also depends on where you live) are quite different.
Some being horribly singers but can make a decent..not song..but sounds (that could work for clubs etc)
Some being just horribly bad, generic or more of it don't know what it is/are.

Like sub-genres to some quite idiotic stuff that that isn't really a song, but rather noise and things like that.

Okey I was a bit lost in the words, but something like that.
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Posted 5/28/16
I'm not into Techno or Dubstep in fact I hate those genres because my older sister play it so much but back to the question no music is not dead and honestly I find a lot of today's music to be garbage but that's on the surface like others stated before you got to dig deep to find the good stuff. My most favorite genre is Funk and here is a little taste for you.

Parliament - Long Way Around https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-2_Vxms88k
Funkadelic - (Not Just) Knee Deep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khtqLSXDjK0
Enjoy!
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Posted 5/28/16
Music is definitely not dead. In fact, it is perpetual.

One has to look deeper into the folds of data and real life to discover awesome music. Definitely skip mainstream if the majority of it doesn't tickle your fancy.

And of course, you don't have to only consider what is current. If you go back some decades, centuries, or check out music from other countries, you'll probably find something you like.
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Posted 5/28/16
Music is not dead but there will come a time where we run out of sound combinations. There's only so much you can do with sound.
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Posted 5/28/16 , edited 5/28/16
No, stick to the stuff you enjoy. It's still there.
And I believe the reason why there's so much garbage in modern music comes from branding the artists and selling quantity over quality for the consumers that are invested in the image and from producers demanding a high volume of songs within a set period of time also contributes to this.
Then there is the technology involved.
It is now easier and quicker than ever to produce and distribute music so the flood gates have been opened and the filters removed so you can now get a test sample from an amature on the other side of the world for free even if they don't have an ad campaign to promote them.
Music is not dead, the music industry is saturated in new material and it makes sense that a lot of it isn't to your tastes.
As it seems about almost completely money, if you don't like it then talk with your wallet.
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Posted 5/28/16
Music is not dead nor will it ever be. Its one of the constants. We might not recognize it as music in a hundred years because of the different format. But it will be called music. Imagine what Beethoven might feel if he woke up and listen to the music that is popular today?
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Posted 5/29/16
Nope, not at all. As pretty much everyone else has said, you just have to keep your eyes and ears open and maybe dig a little more to find the stuff that interests you. Certainly certain genres do tend to fade a little at times and it's always a blow when your favourite artist/band stops making music for whatever reason but the music is still out there.

I also think, and this is something I myself experience from time to time, that the real failure to connect with "current" music is actually a problem you create for yourself. If you get so hung up on "the classics" and who your musical heroes are, you let yourself get jaded and don't actually let yourself enjoy something new (even *gasp* something that's popular).
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Posted 5/29/16
Without even looking very deep, this year has already given us Deftones (another fantastic album), Weezer (their first fantastic album in a long time), Radiohead (another fantastic album) and Katatonia (another fantastic album).

This is shaping up to be a pretty fantastic year.
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Posted 5/29/16
guess y'all ain't never listened to american pie
Posted 5/29/16 , edited 5/29/16
I agree that a lot of what passes for music sucks nowadays, but not all music. It's so subjective I can't easily define what "good" music for you would be, but I like a lot of stuff from the past few decades a lot more.
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