|Originally posted by Beatflux |
This all sounds like pure nostalgia.
I realized that if you don't want to end up like some of the old fucks on this forum, you have to start exposing yourself to new stuff. You can't just listen to one Dubstep song and say, "I DON'T GET IT, WHY ISN'T THIS LIKE GENRE X THAT I HAVE ADORED FOR YEARS!"
The other thing is that its easier to find great old music, than it is great new current music. Time filters out all of the crap, only the songs that are noteworthy are the ones that are most likely kept by people in their collections.
If you don't seek out any new music, then the chances of finding something good become less and less.
It's got nothing to do with nostalgia at all; I've been in to EDM since around 1994, starting off with hardcore/oldschool/rave and house. At that time epic house was the mainstay and that segwayed in to trance which then spawned off progressive which i love, then I got deep in to tech house shortly after that, and I've always loved me some deep house, breakbeat and DnB. I love most forms of EDM and even some rare tracks of dubstep but what seems prevalent is what i was talking about earlier, the point of which you missed; it's now about FX, gimmicks and phat you can slap distortion and a delay on your sawtooth lead.
I like EDM when the musical content is high quality and hate cheap shots which at the moment dominate some genres/movements in EDM. Take trance for instance - I was going to the going to the gym this morning, needed something quick to DL that was fast/high energy, so quickly grabbed the latest ASOT.
What a pile of shit. IN 2 hours of music, I could pick one or two tracks that had decent musical content in terms of composition and arrangement.
The biggest thing that struck me was: if you took the FX of this lead or better still the whole arrangement in a given track and played it with GM sounds, would it sound any good? Resounding no.
Listen a bunch of "new" tracks, and think what would happen if you took away the pingpong delays, giant reverbs and distortion chains - with so damn many of them, you'd be left with virtually nothing apart from sparse, childish composition and arrangements.
Seriously, the amount of tracks played that were all FX/sound design and no substance was shocking. I'm not even talking about a qualitative or subjective argument about what melodies are "good" because that's an impossible argument, I'm just simply talking about the number of tracks that solely rely on FX as their wares.
If time filters out all the crap, then why are there so many more classics from the 90's than there are from the 00's? Surely 12 years is enough time to have filtered out the crap and let the classics shine, yet I struggle to name 50 classics from the 00 decade and can probably do that just for the period for 1996 to 1999 without thinking. (and don't come with "well, you probably just weren't in to it as much in the 00's etc" - I purchased more tracks in that decade than I did in the 90's as I finally had money to spend on tracks, not to mention they were either cheaper or even free).