About free creativity
I, almost completely reconciled. Resigned to the fact that the commercial sound won completely and irrevocably. That free creativity, if it has not died at all, dies, and dies more successfully than ever: in the rays of glory, reflected by millions of brilliant blanks. Resigned to the fact that a high level of execution is impossible without the numerous studios and millions of fees received by managers. Resigned to the fact that everything in the world has already been played, and we can only listen to the insanity of the secondary product.
I, it was decided to throw my collection on the dustiest shelf and put a bold stamp on non-profit music: a waste of time. But now, the evening sun oozes gentle rays through my window, making my way through the gray haze of clouds and revealing the blue of the spring sky. I put the already forgotten musicdisk “Ambrosia” of the 98th year of release, and I understand that I can not give up. Should not. Because I have to keep the main thing in music – meaning, feelings, experiences.
The problem with modern music is that it is created for form, not content. Man is a fairly simple creature in the sense that it is easy to influence. First of all, to his tastes, preferences. Especially in the music. Two factors play a role here: the psychoacoustic model, which is almost the same for all of us, and the psychological state, peculiar to each social stratum, but still very regular. The formula for success is very simple: give people what they want to hear, make it so that their ears absorb it like food skillfully veiled with hot spices. If you find the right combination, then use it until it causes nausea. Remember: it’s easier to squeeze everything out of a found formula than to look for a new one. Do not think that this applies only to pop and dance music. Rock, punk, emo, hip-hop, new age, instrumental – everything is the same there. This is an industry, it exists to please different categories of people. But her goal is one – to make money. Much money. As much as you can, in principle, squeeze out of people, shaping their tastes and manipulating it.
I am not saying that commercial music is evil. The fact that a person receives material means for his work, through which we can continue to enjoy his work, is great. But the music industry is a damn cruel machine, crushing under itself, dictating its own rules. You have to be a damn bright talent and even a much stronger personality, so as not to break down and continue to write what you want, rather than what the producer or sales manager dictates to you. And as sad experience shows, almost everything breaks. For example, I recently listened to the latest album by Jean-Michel Jarre “Teo & Tea” – the usual modern synth pop, if you do not look at the cover, you will never guess that this is the person who formed his own direction in music in the 80s . If we talk about groups and beginning talents, then this is generally a predetermined case: first they shock the underground with their unusualness, their bright talent, then they sign a contract for a contract, the first one or two albums really represent an opening, and then they have two ways – either to continue stamp the same as in the first two, or copy more successful artists of the same category, which are now “in the stream.” In the end comes the end. The end of creativity.
Why are we listening to music? To be honest, the most frequent answers will be: “To put it in,” “It’s coolooo,” “Because everyone listens,” “Cool,” “To cry, because life is crap.” In general, most often people listen to music in order to get a certain energy charge in order to enter the state that it once caused them. This is not just about trance. In general, most of the time we are not able to fully acutely perceive the meaning of this or that action taking place, including sounding music. Therefore, just to get an energy charge, installation is the most desirable and affordable.
But at the same time, music is not just an energetic. Music is the point. I really like to characterize music like this: music is thoughts and feelings expressed in sound. That’s right, and thoughts, and feelings that sometimes can not even be expressed in words. There is another popular saying: “Music is international language”. This is not entirely true, because music is not a means of communication, although it conveys certain information. Often, it is not so easy to read. Firstly, in most music it is generally absent, because most music is a product of a professional rather than a creative process. Secondly, to understand the meaning, you need to “catch the wave.” You need to be in a certain mood and be attentive to the sound. And then you can discover a lot of new things.
Some compositions tell a specific story. If you “catch the wave”, then the imagination itself completes the details, and you enthusiastically listen to this story, feel it with your whole body.