[LAU] re Subconscious Affecting Music

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Mon Aug 30 10:21:08 UTC 2010

On Mon, August 30, 2010 3:15 am, Dave Phillips wrote:
> Julien Claassen wrote:
>> ... there always is the choice and it is not, that choices are hidden
>> away in dark corners. You can look on youtube, in the stores, at the
>> internet radio landscape, even at big collections of stations,
>> including pop and/or poprock. You'll find loads of alternatives. I
>> have the feeling - at least here in Germany - that among young peoples
>> more and more turn, besides their interest in typical pop, to
>> something of their own. Indi, oldies, 70s, folk... You name it,
>> they'll like it and show it to others. I've seen that in several
>> friends and friends' children.
> I agree with Julien. I teach 35 students per week, most of whom are
> young people (well, younger than I am). They don't listen to MSM radio,
> they don't watch television and they're not into MTV. They do almost all
> their music-finding through friends, iTunes and other such stores, and
> the social media sites. No-one under 30 brings in CDs any more. They
> bring in iPods and flash drives. There are currently NO music stores
> (CDs and other hard-format recordings) in this town of 45,000 souls.
> The kids bring in everything from the 60s to now. They bring in crap and
> they bring in tunes that I end up using in my own shows (I recently
> appropriated Dave Grohl's Everlong). I've been listening to pop music
> since the early 1950s, and it seems to me that there has always been a
> constant amount of shite on the airwaves. Of course there is, because
> you can easily manufacture it. You can't easily manufacture the truly
> great music, IMO it's gotta come from within the artists themselves. So
> there's always been a varying amount of good stuff.
> Btw, there's a strong argument that the "teen craze" sort of pabulum
> started with Disney and his ilk. Pop stars such as Annette Funicello and
> other Mouseketeers were the Britneys of the day, and manufactured stars
> such as Fabian soon took over the charts after the harder rock music
> suffered from the effects of Buddy Holly's death. Disney and Colonel Tom
> Parker determined the tastes of whole generations of listeners. They
> substituted saleability for creativity, and the rest is what's known as
> pop history.

This backs up my theory that we have been subjected to a form of abuse for
a substantial period of time now that may actually result in a Pavlovian
response to the compositional technique...

Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd.

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