I often don't know what I'm talking about.
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Life is life. I'm still working on my music daily which is resulting in some cool stuff. The website I'm building for work is coming together nicely. I'm enjoying living in the city again; it was cool to see my old uni mates and tutors and hear their music. I'm also on a 120 day streak with my meditation. Not much overly-exciting, but not much dullness either.
I also bought some Beyerdynamic DT-880 headphones as an upgrade from my 8 year old original ATH-M50s (which now have a broken hinge RIP). I am very pleased with them. I anticipate that they will be an asset to my mixes.
Something beautiful died that night
my moods mutable, boiling
over. Unable to stabilise
those feelings and emotions
that I didn't yet understand.
You always responded in kind unkindly
as I failed to find a healthy outlet.
fraught with fear when you came near
with that look in your eyes, about to chastise,
the cries as you grabbed my shirt collar,
pinned me high against the door
and shouted in my face.
Now the fear is apathy.
Now I rarely let you greet my gaze.
This is what you raised, it's not just a phase.
I'm trying to overcome the distance between
us now that I'm older.
But it's hard, and you don't make it any easier.
Whilst from one perspective what veen said isn't wrong , it's not definitive. There's plenty of incredible and interesting music that eschews the quality of 'catchiness' and the predicitable-but-not-too-predictable approach. That's not to mention forms such as electroacoustic/acousmatic music which are unbound from traditional notions of pitch, rhythm and instrumentation, which are all things we would would consider essential foundations to basically the entirety of western popular music forms. Instead they explore texture, sound gestures, and the transformation/processing of sound sources.
Here's 4 different examples of unpredictable and un-catchy music from 4 different genres:
Oneohtrix Point Never aka Daniel Lopatin, aka the pioneer of Vaporwave - Americans (experimental ambient)
The Physics House Band - Abraxical Solapse (prog rock)
Dennis Smalley - Wind Chimes (acoustmatic music)
Doom Salad - Relax Drank (jazz fusion)
As you can hopefully hear, all interesting pieces of music with great composition, musical moments, and ideas. Yet I don't think you would rush to call them 'catchy' or 'predictable'.
The point is this: don't let anyone tell you what music should be. The only person who decides that is you. That's not to say that you should shut your ears to criticism or feedback. Of course you shouldn't. But personally I become wary when people start making definitive statements like "music is interesting if..." (not hating on you veen!).
Aim to listen as much music as possible and seek to understand the works and ideas of those who you admire and/or are better than you. After some time (a lot of time) you will start to form your own conception of how catchy, predictable or <insert any other musical quality here> your music needs to be.
Touched down in Toronto yesterday. We're staying at my Dad's uncle's place and he invited lots of family that we'd never met before for a party. It was a fantastic time.
We are heading into downtown today to explore. I think one of our relatives talked about taking us to a Baseball game too. Exciting times.
I figured as much.
That's always the risk when you're purposely trying to write self-conscious, 'clever' material. You can get so focused on trying to be 'clever' that you forget to actually write something good. I had same problem when I first started writing lyrics. I was trying so hard to say something wise and original, that it just ended up sounding vapid and meaningless. Not that my lyrics are that great now, but at least they're honest.
Then I guess that leads on to what Gardner was saying in the post you linked. That just because something is popular in the mainstream, it doesn't mean that it can't also be clever and insightful. Even the stuff that is actually garbage has it's value, as Werner Herzog talks about in this interview:
- The poet or the filmmaker or the musician must not avert his eyes. We should not be sitting in the library and study it as academic subject... Paul I think you've started watching Wrestlemania... because you must not avert your eyes. This what is coming at us. This is what a collective, anonymous body of majority wants to see on television.
One last related thing is that the writing style of the story in the OP made me think of Infinite Jest at some points. And there's an interesting David Foster Wallace quote that I think acts as a nice accompaniment to Gardner:
- It’s like, if you’re used to doing heavy-duty literary stuff that doesn’t sell well, being human animals with egos, we find a way to accommodate that fact by the following equation: If it sells really well and gets a lot of attention, it must be shit. Then, of course, the ultimate irony is: if your thing gets a lot of attention and sells really well, then the very mechanism you’ve used to shore yourself up when your stuff didn’t sell well is now part of the Darkness Nexus when it does, so you’re screwed. You can’t win.
And now here I am sat wondering whether this post I've written is just me trying to sound clever, haha. I'll have a look into Howard the Duck, thanks.
Oh wow, I'm glad this got bumped up to the top of my feed. I would've completely missed it otherwise.
That was brilliant read. It's one thing to conceive the bizarre idea of continent size games of American football (as well as all the different forms these take), but to weave that into a meaningful narrative is quite impressive. I guess it reflects what Juice said about weird being good if it's in service of something.
kb, you said in another comment that this was "one of the more brilliant applications of metafiction in a very, very long time." What other works would you recommend?
Things are ramping up for me over next month.
Like steve, I too am moving house. I currently live with my parents and I still will be, just in different place. It makes sense for me as I work closely with my Dad, plus we're pretty tight as a family so it's not really something I see as a negative. There's also the added benefit that I get to save money.
That new place happens to be in the city where I did my post-grad stuff. I love it there so I can't wait. The house is also a rad new build with all sorts of sustainability and energy saving features. I'll also be closer to a few of my friends as well as being only a 20 minute train journey to the peak district, which is awesome.
We went on a family holiday to Canada in 2014 visiting Vancouver and various places in The Rockies. On the 9th of September we're going back again, except this time we're touring the east coast. Starting off in the major cities and heading up to Nova Scotia, the locations we're going to are: Toronto, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Digby, Halifax, Truro, Cheticamp, Ingonish, Sydney, and back to Toronto. It should be quite an adventure.
If any of you Hubski folk have any recommendation for things to do or places to visit, let me know!
I've made some small but significant steps towards achieving my music goals over the last couple of months. If I keep working hard and pleasing the right people, there's every chance that I might achieve the things that have previously only been flights of fancy. I look forward to being able to tell Hubski more about this once I actually get there.
The reason I'm being a bit ambiguous here is that I've fallen into the trap before of telling people great news about my music, only to have it not end up happening. So this time I'll keep my mouth shut and keep working until it's actually happens!
- Been listening to the new Milo album. It's pretty fantastic if you like art rap.
Ooh, thanks for the heads up. I adore So the Flies Don't Come but can't quite get into his Scallops Hotel stuff. You can't go wrong with Milo x Kenny Segal collaboration though, this will be my soundtrack at work today.