Sunday, January 22, 2012

Matters Melodious, etc.

Today’s software music synthesizers work well enough. However, the user’s music-making talent is a different matter, the same way simply having a grand piano is no guarantee of a classical performance. Years ago I taught myself the basics of getting virtual instruments to harmonize on a laptop - and got hooked to making music- till right now. It’s a hobby. Of late a decidedly Caribbean influence has taken root.

So I’ve been listening to the music I’ve managed to create – sometimes with help from friends. At first in my late adolescence the tunes were like an adventure. Of late they are less overexcited. Very introspective either way – that has never changed. Ideally, the tone of a piece of music matches the mood of its composer at the time of composition. My experience? My sad slow songs correspond with tragic eras of my life while upbeat celebration songs coincide with happy times. Not exactly rocket science. The few times I attempted to break this rule, the end result sounded forced. Like a choir of kids whining out the strains of Hosanna chorus.

Forced. This is what comes to mind when I hear all these modern day party anthems. They sing boisterously of fun and good times but they sound hollow, relying mostly on beats to animate excitability. I can’t remember a hit song that actually said anything impactful except to emphasize that sex seels and 'love,' however defined, never gets old. Usually, thematic aspects are lackluster indeed. Such empty lyrics get at me big time, mostly because they are forced; pumped out en masse by a mammon-worshipping music industry and its attention-fixated lackeys. Just like alcohol, whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

We live in interesting times. Without going into the details, allow me to claim that we live in a world where the masses (commoners, hoi polloi) are intentionally kept ignorant and distracted. Ignorance ensures that we know not that we are exploited. Distraction ensures that we never find out that we are ignorant. That is why the mass misinformation media and the distraction industry thrives. Think of it as an investment by the oppressors behind the scenes, to keep the oppressed chasing after the wind rather than realizing their misery and oppression in the rat race. So we have, for example, music that is designed to induce a false semblance of a happiness-like sensation. To say nothing of the endless supply of entertainment available today. Some of it even presumes to prescribe how to be happy and increasingly more of it dictates that you are not happy unless you envy or are like THEM. You would be excused if you didn’t see all the problems which money and time are NOT being poured at; the real problems of the oppressed common man.

What am I saying? None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe themselves to be free.

1 comment:

  1. None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe themselves to be free.


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