Modern music has lost its meaning

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This past weekend, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences saw fit to give Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex, three Grammys, making history as the first dubstep artist to win a Grammy, much less multiple Grammys. Later on that evening, Dave Grohl, of the Foo Fighters, touched on an excellent point, that can only be assumed was directed at Skrillex and other such artists, that music is about what goes on in the heart, not in the computer.

Grohl touched on a very important point that seemingly goes unnoticed in music today. A lot more focus is being put on electronic production, and making the music sound completely processed, and ultimately removing the human element from the music.

Anybody can autotune their voice, and synthesize beats in a computer; it’s just basic programming. It takes a real passion to hone your talents at an instrument like the guitar, or drums, or even singing. Modern music is becoming both passionless and metallic, with the emphasis put on bass so low, that it doesn’t even register in the range of human hearing, as well as moving the focus away from the emotion behind the music.

Music is becoming soulless, and I, as a listener, am appalled. Modern music is not becoming what it should be. How do we, as a culture, jump from the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, and about a thousand other legendary acts to the likes of T-Pain and his autotuned nonsense, as well as Skrillex and his “dirty bass lines”?

Modern music has digressed away from passion and feeling towards a very primitive and mindless state. I, for one, do not want to be a part of a culture that would let the classics die in order to promote the likes of machine-made music. Music is becoming less of a creativity machine, and more of a money making machine.

Artists are merely in it to get famous, exploit the system, get rich, and provide a mediocre product. This downward spiral started with the music video, but it really took off with computers. The focus is no longer on creative output, but on marketing, and how much money an artist can make for a label, and we, as a generation, are eating up the mediocre, electronic-infused “music” that they are mass producing on a scale that is appalling.

I dare you to find one dubstep artist who sounds unique; one modern pop artist who sounds unique; one mainstream artist who bothers to write their own music. You won’t find it, because real musicians have been replaced with these robots! Friends don’t let friends listen to metal machine music, and I implore you to define music responsibly.

By: Nathan Sparks

Email: nsparks2@radford.edu