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    Posted: 28 May 2015 at 3:24pm
Personally, I'm done with being entirely negative about present - postmodern - tendencies. I've already heard people whining about literature being dead, music being dead and all going to shit. And I refuse to spread that defeatism. I think we've just changed the way we create stuff, that's all. It's not necessarily bad. It's not good. But it's different.

What's bad is that mainstream art has become worthless, no doubt about that. At the same time, however, the "underground" has never been more prolific. And I love that.


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Today is different from the 70's. Modern musical creativity as a medium is basically an absurd, and even laughable thought in today's music. Everyone repeats and builds off each other, but refuse to effectively expound on ideas given to them. Yet another reason why the myth of the dying of the music industry is getting more and more widespread, but now it doesn't seem like much of a myth anymore. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Unitron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2015 at 7:03pm
Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:

Originally posted by Time Signature Time Signature wrote:

Speaking of mainstream pop music, my impression is the mainstream pop music today is generally more boring than mainstream pop music was in the 80s for example.

Definitely, I've even written a little article about that HERE

I think pop music always reflects the state of society. The way the aggressive consumerism has changed us over the last century is quite alarming. As long as the music sells, it's alright, apparently. That's why we have the same crappy r'n'b about sex all over and over and over again. Most of the good stuff left the mainstream long time ago.

Agreed, sex sells in the world of pop music.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tupan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2015 at 6:59pm
For me, this is the proof that the pop music in the 70's was way better:



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Quote Which was even more boring than pop music in the '70s (disco aside).


Even disco had more to offer than, say, house/dance of the 90s and today's club music.

Quote I think pop music always reflects the state of society. The way the aggressive consumerism has changed us over the last century is quite alarming. As long as the music sells, it's alright, apparently. That's why we have the same crappy r'n'b about sex all over and over and over again. Most of the good stuff left the mainstream long time ago.


Word!


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Originally posted by Time Signature Time Signature wrote:

Speaking of mainstream pop music, my impression is the mainstream pop music today is generally more boring than mainstream pop music was in the 80s for example.

Definitely, I've even written a little article about that HERE

I think pop music always reflects the state of society. The way the aggressive consumerism has changed us over the last century is quite alarming. As long as the music sells, it's alright, apparently. That's why we have the same crappy r'n'b about sex all over and over and over again. Most of the good stuff left the mainstream long time ago.
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Which was even more boring than pop music in the '70s (disco aside).
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Speaking of mainstream pop music, my impression is the mainstream pop music today is generally more boring than mainstream pop music was in the 80s for example.
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okay, I may have taken it a bit too seriously LOL 

By the way, the card trick bit is a paraphrase of one of Bill Hicks' jokes. So it's not really mine :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Time Signature Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Apr 2015 at 5:33am
Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:

Originally posted by Time Signature Time Signature wrote:

Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:


Daily Disclaimer:

If the epitome of metal to you is Iron Maiden and nothing heavier than this is listenable, skip this one. You'd look at this text like a dog being shown a card trick. Just kidding, go on.


My favorite band is Iron Maiden, and I hold a PhD... so there's that. ;-)

As far as I remember you do listen to extreme metal, damn, you even play in an extreme metal band! So don't worry, it doesn't apply to you, Kim Wink It applies to people who, in general, not just IM, listen to mainstream band(s) but do not embrace the "full spectrum" of what metal has to offer. I'm not even criticizing them, it's not the point of my article. Honestly, I don't give a shit about what people listen to as long as it's not entirely brainless pop/techno crap. I can get slightly judgmental if someone says that Miley Cyrus is their favourite singer. And Maiden ain't brainless, obviously. I like the band, actually, just not very much.

The fact you've taken my joke seriously means it's not funny. An important lesson for the future, heh.


No, it was funny. I was joking, too... which means that it was my joke which wasn't funny. Now, that's the important lesson :-)
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Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:

Originally posted by Time Signature Time Signature wrote:

Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:


Daily Disclaimer:

If the epitome of metal to you is Iron Maiden and nothing heavier than this is listenable, skip this one. You'd look at this text like a dog being shown a card trick. Just kidding, go on.


My favorite band is Iron Maiden, and I hold a PhD... so there's that. ;-)

As far as I remember you do listen to extreme metal, damn, you even play in an extreme metal band! So don't worry, it doesn't apply to you, Kim Wink It applies to people who, in general, not just IM, listen to mainstream band(s) but do not embrace the "full spectrum" of what metal has to offer. I'm not even criticizing them, it's not the point of my article. Honestly, I don't give a shit about what people listen to as long as it's not entirely brainless pop/techno crap. I can get slightly judgmental if someone says that Miley Cyrus is their favourite singer. And Maiden ain't brainless, obviously. I like the band, actually, just not very much.

The fact you've taken my joke seriously means it's not funny. An important lesson for the future, heh.

Honestly, if someone came up to me and said Miley Cyrus was their favorite singer, or even liked her for that matter, I would have to play some metal to give them a taste of good music.


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Originally posted by Time Signature Time Signature wrote:

Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:


Daily Disclaimer:

If the epitome of metal to you is Iron Maiden and nothing heavier than this is listenable, skip this one. You'd look at this text like a dog being shown a card trick. Just kidding, go on.


My favorite band is Iron Maiden, and I hold a PhD... so there's that. ;-)

As far as I remember you do listen to extreme metal, damn, you even play in an extreme metal band! So don't worry, it doesn't apply to you, Kim Wink It applies to people who, in general, not just IM, listen to mainstream band(s) but do not embrace the "full spectrum" of what metal has to offer. I'm not even criticizing them, it's not the point of my article. Honestly, I don't give a shit about what people listen to as long as it's not entirely brainless pop/techno crap. I can get slightly judgmental if someone says that Miley Cyrus is their favourite singer. And Maiden ain't brainless, obviously. I like the band, actually, just not very much.

The fact you've taken my joke seriously means it's not funny. An important lesson for the future, heh.
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Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:


Daily Disclaimer:

If the epitome of metal to you is Iron Maiden and nothing heavier than this is listenable, skip this one. You'd look at this text like a dog being shown a card trick. Just kidding, go on.


My favorite band is Iron Maiden, and I hold a PhD... so there's that. ;-)
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Never say... "perfect"

Just a short thought that I might rewrite into something more "serious" in the foreseeable future if it proves good enough. I try to keep distance from my ideas for some time, they often turn out to be ridiculous despite seeming great at first glance. 

So, it's basically a kind of extension of my first article here, the one on numeral ratings and why they suck satan's scaly member. You know, when you give a 10/10 rating and that would mean the album is 100% perfect, flawless, mind-blowingly awesome and you should totally buy it now IT"S worth EVERY PENNY! etc., you know, that kind of PERFECT bullshit. First of all, I strongly believe there's no such thing as "perfection", even less so when it comes to art. That's why perfectionists are never happy - they just keep improving stuff until they die. Funny, cause death is one of those rare, pure phenomena that I'd actually dare to call perfect. Hah, ironic. Would that mean we're all perfectionist as we all die, eventually? Okay, I'm getting carried away. Right...

I'm loosing steam already. Perfection, la la, what was I about to... ah okay. Language. Language is inherently imperfect. Language is imperfect. Even this short statement is imprecise and therefore can be interpreted in many different ways. We don't have time to talk about linguistics here, though. It's just a canvas for my main thought: Imperfection is beautiful. Language is a code, it's imperfect so it leaves room for interpretation, for vagueness. Hence it's beautiful. DNA, the code of evolution is imperfect, flawed - AND THAT"S WHY we exist by the way, we were such an evolutionary fuck-up, that we needed to develop two most dreaded, disgusting features (or you can count them as one), self-awareness and intelligence, in order to survive. And look at us now: lost, conflicted and violent; neurotic and gentle or cold like degenerated predators. We invented perfection even though (or because) we're the least perfect of all things. Fuck, it's got so deep, I can barely reach the keyboard. Depths of metaphysics, I feel like a poor imitation of Emil Cioran right now! He loved those nihilistic aphorisms. They didn't make much sense sometimes but boy, did they sound good!

Alright, final thought, I'm tired. Please, if I may consider myself entitled to ask you to do so, next time you'll be about to use the word "perfect", ask yourself what do you actually love about the piece of art you're referring to: the fact it's "perfect" and works like a swiss clockwork, almost like it was not created by a human being but by a supercomputer, or for what it is, with all its imperfections, human weaknesses and subtleties? Yeah, all that may depend on your taste, the genre and so on and so forth, but I think it lets you write a review or voice an opinion that is not about your rating, your assessment but about the music itself. I myself am still trying to put this idea into practice, and even though it may not work "perfectly" just yet, I certainly feel better now, every time I voice an opinion about a piece of art. It just seems fairer to me to just say "I love it, and there's why..." instead of "not exactly a perfect masterpiece, buuuuuuut...". You know what I mean? Was it all obvious to you from the start? Oh well...



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Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:

Yeah, well, a girl I was in a relationship with in high school was kind of similar to Senjougahara, not so much in the visual department (even though they're both charming in a similar way) as the mental one. A tsundere, basically. A very difficult personality with a complicated past making everything even harder. I think I'm actually attracted to that kind of women - troubled, dominating bitches with a soft side to them... Which is why I decided to stay single LOL 

Does it get frustrating?? Staying single? Personally, I get frustrated 

 LOL


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Shinsekai yori (From the New World)

-> it's an anime review... but check it out anyway, please. Tongue
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Originally posted by bartosso bartosso wrote:

Yeah, well, a girl I was in a relationship with in high school was kind of similar to Senjougahara, not so much in the visual department (even though they're both charming in a similar way) as the mental one. A tsundere, basically. A very difficult personality with a complicated past making everything even harder. I think I'm actually attracted to that kind of women - troubled, dominating bitches with a soft side to them... Which is why I decided to stay single LOL 

LOL
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Yeah, well, a girl I was in a relationship with in high school was kind of similar to Senjougahara, not so much in the visual department (even though they're both charming in a similar way) as the mental one. A tsundere, basically. A very difficult personality with a complicated past making everything even harder. I think I'm actually attracted to that kind of women - troubled, dominating bitches with a soft side to them... Which is why I decided to stay single LOL 
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^^ Even better looking when moving LOL
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Originally posted by ProgMetaller2112 ProgMetaller2112 wrote:

^^ Sexy avatar, Bart Tongue
Thanks mate, it's actually one of the most fleshed out female characters in anime, Senjougahara Hitagi from Bakemonogatari. I love her, manStar

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