Saturday, February 21, 2015

The EDM Age-What do you say?

Some will say that sounds piercing the silence in perfect tempo is in fact, music. No matter if it emanates from a violin whose player has spent a lifetime perfecting what can be drawn forth from the strings, or created via a computer program with the press of a key.
My take is that while many kinds of sounds can indeed be considered 'music' not all of them come from a 'musician.' Being a musician is a lengthy arduous craft. To watch someone play a concerto on a piano, their   hands mastering the keys with the ease of lightly brushing over velvet, or fingers running up and down the frets of the guitar quicker than the flap of  wings, is indeed seeing practiced talent in action.
Secondly, a musician belongs to one of the 'performing' arts. EDM is not that.
While I have nothing against EDM, my preference is music played on classic instruments. The rush of playing a drum solo on an acoustic set of drums as opposed to putting together a beat from a drum program, can't even be compared.
I feel a certain sadness for the newest generation who might never experience making an instrument ring to life from learning scales, paradiddles, and/or playing in time with other musicians. That moment, when a musician is in sync within an orchestra or a band is a special one indeed.
What's your take?
 (Article from: Elite Daily) With the explosion of the electronic music industry, particularly in the United States, the debates over EDM [Electronic Dance Music] being ‘real’ music are only getting more heated.
Rolling Stone Magazine decided to launch a salvo at the EDM scene with a new video ad categorizing EDM as clearly inferior to Rock n’ Roll. Their reasoning is two-fold; first, because EDM composers rarely play an instrument in the classical sense and second, because vocals are not a prominent component of EDM.
EDM is a money-making industry on the rise, there is no question about that. The ‘house’ genre has become the distant cousin of the ‘pop’ genre. In light of this, one can’t help but acknowledge that parts of Rolling Stone’s critique ring true.
Musical software has become so advanced that the task of creating harmonious music does not take nearly as many man-hours of hard work mastering a musical device as it did years ago. Therefore, some talentless composers of EDM slip through the cracks, relying heavily on leading-edge musical composition software — and the sheep follow suit because most American teenagers must be told what it is that they like.
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of bands and artists who play traditional instruments, or technologically advanced musical composers and DJs – we should all respect one another’s musical tastes. It seems Rolling Stone is due its fair share of criticism as well for claiming that Rock n’ Roll will reign supreme – as I see no need for one type of music to dominate the industry.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Movie: Whiplash

Some snippets from, Whiplash. Nothing like watching a drummer play 'real' drums. Literally bleeding for the art.
(The role of the instructor is a ruthless one, and his foul mouth is part of that role.) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpHSaWg7tVg

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/movies/in-whiplash-a-young-jazz-drummer-vs-his-teacher.html?_r=0

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sound of Music 50th Anniv. Tribute Magazine-

 If you're a fan of, The Sound of Music, this magazine dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the musical, is on the news stands. Got my copy last night at the supermarket. Pricey at $9.99, but some great stuff. Loved the true story of the 'real' Maria Von Trapp. Saw the original movie back in 1965 or so. Wow! I'm bordering on vintage!

Friday, February 6, 2015

For a special priest-

In honor of your retirement this month, Fr. Dan Murphy, and whatever ministry You are now called to do. I remember when you played this song in OLHC back-in-the-day. It's all you taught and continue to teach us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGr4Te8Ahvk



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Fav Quote-

"In music, one must think with his heart and feel with his brain."
                                                   (From my Fortune Cookie)