Monday, August 31, 2015

Die Antwoord: Finally Some Good New Music

Generally electronica and dubstep suck but there are exceptions. Most rap and hip hop sucks too as does most of today's lame music regardless of the genre. Same old same old.

Corporate gangs in the music industry along with technology have ruined the music business and to a lesser degree the music.

Cutting edge is an overly used term but Die Antwoord really is cutting edge.

No one's buying music any more. It's like selling ice to Eskimos. - Ninja of Die Antwoord

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Music Sales Decline

RIAA has reported declining revenue in nine of the past 10 years, with album sales falling an average of 8% each year. Last decade was the first ever in which sales were lower going out than coming in. This is no surprise to anyone in the industry. Music sales are down and they continue declining.

Why have sales declined so rapidly?

Here's my list of reasons:

Corporate radio is a significant part of the problem. Yes music today sucks but when you do hear a decent song on the radio they don't tell you the name of the song or the artist. That's just fucking stupid!

Technology is a huge cause. Back when recorded music sales were high we listened to recorded music differently. We didn't have earbuds shoved in our ears, We owned home stereos and we played CDs, records and tapes and the radio. We shared music by having friends come to our homes and listen. For centuries music has been enjoyed by people in groups whether it was at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Gardens, a local club, and outdoor show or in your living room with family and friends. Technology has changed that.

Technology has made it so it you want to hear a song or a concert you can see a lot of musical content on Youtube.

Related: A Detailed Explanation of the Decline of the Music Industry

Technology in the form of recording software and signal processing gear such as that dreadful auto-tune has made it so people with very little talent can produce quasi music and if that person has a big shapely fake ass and acts like a slut their music will sell.

Nicki Minaj, even her ass is fake.
Today's Music Sucks

Music today really isn't very good for a variety of reasons. Let's take today's modern country. All it really is is crappy rock & roll or crappy Southern rock with a drawl and cowboy hat. It is so fucking fake. There are a lot of good players today but few are good musicians with anything to say musically. Lot's of chops but no feel or reason to play the shit they play other than to impress. Anybody can play fast.

Music began to suck when the national drinking age changed. It used to be that budding musicians could cut their teeth in clubs and they could get instant feedback from their audiences and fans. When the drinking age went from 18 to 21 clubs lost a huge segment of their clientele.

Rap got big because it is easy to create but more than that it is cheap create. A record company can produce 10 rap albums for what it would cost to produce 1 band's album. This is not to say that there aren't talented but dealing with a rapper is probably less frustrating than dealing with a band of prima donnas, Rap and hip hop have a big audience now.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Songwriters Today Suck

When you watch shows like American Idol, America's Got Talent or The Voice most to the contestants perform songs that are older than they are. Not only were these songs recorded in analog studios on magnetic tape and pressed on to vinyl they were great songs and even of they were recorded digitally they would still be great songs. Where are today's John Lennons, John Fogertys, Paul Simons, Carol Kings, Randy Newmans, Billy Joels, Tom Pettys, Marc Bolans, Pete Townsends, Bob Dylans, Brain Wilsons, Buck Owens, Phil Ochs, Melanie Safkas Johnny Cashes, Pete Townsends, Wille Nelsons, Sir MixaLots, NWAs, Van Morrisons, Bob Marleys, Stevie Wonders, Ozzy Osbournes ect.. ect..? The difference between the the aforementioned artists and today's songwriters are that the songwriters of yesteryear had a conscience and wrote songs for a reason. In other words they had more noble motives and that is why I posted the picture of Bernie Sanders.


Today's music industry sucks and it sucks for many reasons one of which is corporatism and corporate mentality. Radio stations have gone corporate and with corporatism comes bad business and stupidity. When a radio station plays a song they don't even tell you the name of that song or the artist. How fucking dumb is that? What you hear now is a feed from the corporation that owns the local stations. Local radio was a good thing because it covered local events. It had integrity and that is the difference between the songwriters I mentioned and the ones like that filthy whore Nick Minaj and Justin Beber. Lady Gaga has some integrity but her music is quite lame. Kanye West just plain sucks.

I suppose you don't need a reason to write a song but when someone does they often end up with a better song.

Before you fire up your DAW and then look for a loop that "sounds cool" try to find a motive to compose something that matters. Listen to these songs and maybe you will find a clue. Better yet, listen to a Bernie Sanders speech and start thinking about being socially responsible and becoming a stellar citizen

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Can Mixcraft Save Music As We Know It?

Let's face it, music today sucks ass and great big giant elephant dick at the same time. There are many reasons today for why music sucks. The audience has been dumbed down into shit like Niki Minaj, Taylor Swift, song thief Kid Rock and Lady Gaga are talented and making good music. Music sales are down... way down. Radio went corporate and for years they don't even tell you the names of the song they are playing. The corporate turds that came of with that asshole idea need to have their testicles chewed off by a poodle with rabies.

A change in the drinking age from 18 to 21 had a devastating impact on the quality of modern music. Musician would cut their teeth in clubs but with 18, 19 and 20 yearolds banished from clubs that serve alcohol venues for bands fell by the wayside.

Many musicians played in bands that played as school dances and wedding receptions but now the asshole DJs have whored their way into that market.

Technology has done more damage to music than most people realize. Let's start with the iPod type devices. It used to be that most music was played on home stereos through SPEAKERS and the nerd of the day were happy just being audiophiles and that was actually a good thing because it allowed companies who were making sound reproduction equipment to continually create better product. Music then was still being recorded in analog studios on audio tape in studio that required sound engineers and producers with feel and talent and of course audio tape sounds and analog processing sounds better than digital processing and digital media.

Today's technology has allowed people that suck to sound halfway decent but worse than that it has given nerds the ability to create something that sounds like music. Auto tune has allowed people that can't sing such Bobby Brown to sound half way decent.

Songwriting has suffered. Instead of great songs being written shitty songs are over produced and the ease of doing studio wizardry by nerd people who have no business within a mile of a recording studio are cranking out more shit than a politician on Ex Lax.

Could the prefab artists today and the digit head producers do with 100 track what George Martin and the Beatles did with 4 tracks? No fucking way. Check out the above video and you will see what I mean. Maybe then you will know what enough is enough really means when it comes to writing, arranging and producing music.

The musical and recording treatment of songs today cannot even be described as putting lipstick on a pig. I can best be described as failed plastic surgery on an pug ugly crack whore.

You can do all that dub step type crap and looping on Mixcraft that you can on any other DAW but unlike most other DAW's Mixcraft is stable and it is IMO the most intuitive easy to learn DAW out their and it has a true analog feel. It is the least geek and nerd appeal of all the DAWs. Mixcraft is musician friendly.

I would like to see a return to analog but that is not going to happen. Today Mixcraft is the next best thing.

Mixcraft Pro

IMO you can make mix and master on Mixcraft Pro and Mixcraft 6.1 recordings that are as good if not better than any other DAW out there and with a lot less bullshit.

If your capture is good and that would mean a good performance using good mics and preamps then there is no reason why you can't produce professional quality recordings providing you are a good producer and decent engineer.