Hi! I’m Dave from boyinaband.com
I was intending to make a track for you guys, but I had one of those weeks. You know, where you’re sitting at your computer like
“Alright, time to finish off that Drum and Bass track”
and you get started, but then all of a sudden
“Na, that sounds crap”
“Yeah, you should stop doing that”
“But I really need to finish this, this is the third time this week you’ve said I should stop”
“Yeah but it’s sounding crap”
“It won’t sound any better unless I put in a bit more time into EQing the-”
“You know, you could be playing Sudoku right now”
“Are you listening to me?”
*pans out to Dave playing Sudoku* “Sorry what?”
Scumbag brain. Anyway, so instead, today I’m going to talk about something I come across a lot on the internet – the concept of REAL music or TRUE music. You know, from comments like this [show relevant comment]. Or this. Or this.
The basic idea being that if a genre evolves a bit, it is no longer worthy of that title, and as such it is no longer “real” [insert genre here]. So a metal song that has a trance synth in it? That’s not REAL metal. A dubstep song that has extensive use of growly basses instead of deep wobble basses? That’s not REAL dubstep. A classical piece that was written in 2012? That’s not REAL classi- ok I guess that one is kinda true.
The point is to me, anyone that thinks like that is frickin’ narrow-minded. I’d like to present to you my proof in the form of a hypothetical thought experiment I’ve devised called “The Davëdinger’s Cat Theory”
1. So we’ve got these two dudes, both of which were educated in primary school that this is a cat.
2. They see this cat walking by and they’d be like “Oh, that’s a cat, that is.”, and the other would be like “Yeah, I agree with that statement.”
3. 3 years later, they see the same cat walk by, but this time it has a hat on. One of the guys says “Oh look, that’s a cat with a hat on it.” and the other guy is like “SHUT UP, THAT IS NOT A CAT, IT’S SOME FAGGY GAY PIECE OF CRAP, HOW DARE YOU CALL THAT A CAT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT REAL CATS ARE.”
4. The second guy is an idiot, it’s just a cat with a hat on it.
Whether the cat has a hat on it or not, it still has the basic features of a cat – 4 legs, a permanent dissatisfied/glazed expression, 140bpm tempo and half time beat with prevalent use of basses as the focal point.
I’m pretty sure I just forgot how metaphors work, but that’s my first published theory so I’m sticking with it.
What it comes down to is people that are desperately trying to hold on to the point at which they discovered the genre, in the hopes it will never change. Which is so sad because if they weren’t so closed-minded, they could appreciate the new interpretations in the manner they were intended. Or at least learn that they should shut up rather than making themselves look like idiots that don’t even know a cat when they see it.
Genre names ARE useful, since it allows people to find the kind of music they like, but genres evolve over time. Which is a bloody good thing too, or we’d still be stuck in the 1800s writing baroque music and avoiding the diminished 5th because it’s “The Devil’s Chord”
Pfft, what did they know, anyway here’s this new song I wrote called “Let’s summon the Devil” (something with just diminished 5ths)
There is no “sacred”-ness about that or any other genre. If you have an issue with it, try championing one of the many other subgenre names that have popped up in front of the -step postfix that have a more specific definition suited to your tastes. Alternatively, try and appreciate more than one horrendously specific style of music and you’ll discover that life is considerably more enjoyable.
What do you guys think about the whole genre-boundaries-being-pushed issue? I find it fascinating that people get more up in arms about their music tastes being questioned than their frickin’ political ideologies, so yeah – let’s get some healthy debate going on in the comments.
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