Am 30.08.2010 19:36, schrieb Rustom Mody:
It is easy to say serialism is a "degeneration". The people that created
concepts like serial music or minimalism were confronted with a
completely new availability of informations about artistic concepts and
they came from a tradition that forbid them to simply ignore knowledge.
If you combine the knowledge that is in Gustav Mahlers "Lied der Erde"
with Ragas from India and classical Gamelan-Music and japanese Music
from the No-Tradition what is left to to add in addition?
John Cage or Alvin Lucier are in no way "degenerated", they took the
intellectual challenge to add something original and substantial to all
the things that became available in the second half of the 20ths century.
> and pop/rock etc emerged over the next 50 years out of what was earlier
Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, the Ramones, the Beatles,
Patti Smith, P.J.Harvey, Kraftwerk, the Stooges, Suicide, Brian Wilson,
Neurosis and even Bob Dylan or Neil Young:
call anyone of the above a Folk-Singer or a descendant of folk-tradition
and you make yourself a laughing-stock.
I do not mean any offence but think about: none of the relevant pop/rock
artists since Elvis Presley was something like a genuine folk-singer.
They were all individual artists in a post renaissance-manner: all
"nobody breaks my law!"- people not "I sing my songs on behalf of you,
my kindred!". That makes artists like Johnny Cash or Skip James so
fascinating: these are precious gems that carry on traditions long gone
in 99% of the music recorded since World War 2. And they only survived
because they found ways to mix their genuinity with the qualities, that
make art capable to be relevant in the 20thst century: individuality
that transports the secret only a single person can generate. Even in
forms that perpetuate genuine folk-traditions.
Tuning is irrelevant.
You can make a mindless composition with mass-appeal based on untuned
noise and you can put a very personal an abstract thought genuinely 21st
century in a simple melody played by instrumets that were available in
Mozarts times and that were tuned as usual in Mozarts times. Or you can
use a preset from a Korg Workstation distorted by a accidentaly set
chain of LADSPA-Effects to make a standard top-10 Hit and/or a
glistering jewel of deep thoughts put into a never-before-seen
space-cathedral of sounds.
It is all about attitude.
I doubt even that. Never before there were so many humans packed on this
planet and never before we were so able to pass informations about
things like wars.
Some say: as Columbus reached Hispaniola there were 160 Million people
living in the Americas. 200 years later there were only about 60
Atrocities and genocide are no inventions of the modern times: in
reverse! In modern times most cultures have learned to name things
atrocities, that were known as "perfectly normal" or even "heroic deeds"
in ancient times.
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