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Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 03:53 pm
From Stockhausen to stock repertoire

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robotmummies
robotmummies
ad reinhardt
Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)

I think pop music is still serving the same purpose it has since car radios were invented, as some content to put in between commercials and a part of some ritual. There is no purpose for it to do anything beyond occasionally refreshing itself between the "good old" and the "new," neither of which are so. Unless some musician really wants to make an artistic contribution, which is probably a frustrating undertaking and not very realistic an expectation. I've noticed since about the time the American Idol shows started, they are slowly releasing more and more singles that are just covers of random old hit songs that do little to differentiate themselves from the originals.


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skazat
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Alex à Paris
Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)

Oh, there's use in pop music. Let's see: sometimes it's fun to listen to and to dance to. If that's the ritual you're talkin' about, I'm all about it. And makeout to. In cars.

If music is too interesting, it's hard to work to. It's hard (for me) to always work without music. Like any type of art, it's nice for (at least) me to give it my full attention. And when I want to, I do. If I can't, I find I can't enjoy it - or I miss something.

Somewhat unoriginal music I guess has an ecological niche. The same with dancing: I do enjoy some crazy insane stuff, but Blur's, "Boys and Girls" sure still seems to fill up the dance floor and dancing to it makes me happy. Most of the music my much more musically fluent DJ friend spins I'd still call, "disco", even if it's prefixed with, "Italo" - it's still disco.

Even pop stuff on TV has an ecological niche - I don't have to think about what I'm watching when I do (on a lark) watch the, "Sing the Next Five Lines and You Win a BILLION DOLLARS" show, but after I've been critically thinking for 8 hours, it's nice to sit down and talk a break for 15 and just let things in the brain settle down.

Passively, I do seem to enjoy pop culture. I do understand some (most?) people live their lives passively most of the time. I couldn't really get behind that.


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