Is music in general getting worse, or is it just rose-tinted nostalgia and age that makes it seem that way? Do people lose interest in new music as they get older, or does the fascination that music holds on teens wear off with age? I find it interesting that the music industry seems geared up towards teens and the youth market.
I find that a lot of stuff I listen to is from the 90s, which is funnily enough when I was growing up. I guess if you're older it might be the 80s or 70s; my mother is still pretty much stuck in 1972 as far as musical taste is concerned. I can appreciate this because a lot of good music came out around the late 60s/early 70s. Found the 2000s a bit of a disappointment; had a few gems but overall I thought it was bleh. For example if I had to choose indie / alt rock from the 90s vs the 2000s, it's no contest.
Overall, there are two major issues with the music industry at the moment where music production is concerned.
1. Musicians aren't taking their time to learn their instruments very well and because of this, the music is bland. Add the fact that minimal effort goes into song creation these days and you have the current mess. A few chords and you have a song seems to be the recipe these days.
2. Cheap recording has been a blessing and a curse. You can own your own studio and produce very professional sounding songs for a fraction of the cost that it was about 12 years ago. While there may be a couple great artists that come out of the wood works, it takes a lot of sifting through crap to find them. It also doesn't help that these artists lack a real producer to direct their music in a better direction.
There is one simple truth though: rock is dead. It's become so bland that people simply aren't buying it. The new hotness is electronic music.
And of course terrible pop music is still something we can't seem to get rid of.
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Found the 2000s a bit of a disappointment; had a few gems but overall I thought it was bleh. For example if I had to choose indie / alt rock from the 90s vs the 2000s, it's no contest.
My experience is similar. The 00's was a difficult time for me in music. There was still some music of interest, but the overall trends in rock were getting very stale.
For me, my core music years are the 80's & 90's, though I also love earlier bands and some more recent material. One quality that I like to hear in rock music, is to clearly hear the drum and percussion parts, and to clearly hear the different instrumentation. But so much of today's rock doesn't allow for that. Quite often the music has a very muddled sound, where the drums and base parts are buried in a wall of sound, everything meshed together like fruit coctail. Though there are some different factors for this muddy rock sound, a lot of it is due to the trend of overly loud mastering.
No. I will never understand people who say "All modern music sucks" because that is such a stupid broad statement..there is a ton of music released every year and I think there is something for everyone. I mean if you really can't find any good modern music maybe you just aren't looking hard enough..
Yeah there was good music in the 70's, 80's, and 90's but there was bad music too. I just think its dumb to generalize and say everything after a certain year sucks.
For me the majority of music after 1991 or 1992 is blah. To me it was just lacking something. Only once in awhile does something come along that I consider worthwhile. My favorite music decades were the 70's and 80's.
I think that part of it is that music tends to play such a crucial role in our teenage years that whatever it is we favored then becomes our gold standard by which we judge music which comes along.
However, through the natural change of society, musical aesthetic goes through change. Probably a part of it is generations finding their own voices in the creative landscape. While it isn't bad to become cemented into preferring the music one prefers and to consider what younger generations listen to "trash", that doesn't mean that the demographic for that music isn't being musically served.
It's probably not kosher to reference South Park on this forum, but I'm going to do it anyway. I recently watched an episode where a mother forbids her son to listen to the music his friends liked (a not-so-subtle reference to Dubstep) because she thought it sounded terrible and wasn't music. When his parents tried to force their music on him, he didn't connect with it at all.
Yet, aside from aesthetic, there is a real reason why people make blanket statements like "Is music getting worse?". It boils down to the industry.
I'm not quite music-history-literate enough to make a great argument, but the music industry today is not about putting out music--it is about making money. And as with many businesses, they've taken a low-risk route where they think songcraft can be a formula that can be utilized to crank out hits. This wouldn't work if the majority of the public cared, but instead most people never question what they hear on the radio.