For my 1111th post, I thought I’d do something special. I’m going to start a flamewar!
Seriously though, this topic did end up in some heated debate yesterday in #renoise, and I’m wondering where everyone stands on it.
Part of the argument was this: Some believed that it was impossible for commercial musicians to have any shred of artistic integrity, and that as soon as anyone sells music, they’ve sold out permanently, and their music will forever be tainted by the thought of making money with said music. I personally believe that it is possible for a commercial musician or artist to hold up a sense of artistic integrity despite the money factor. My argument is that professional musicians have more time to work on their music, therefore are actually truer to their artistic vision than those independent musicians who can’t spend all their time on their music.
Other issues that were brought up along the way were the “timelessness” of music, and an individual’s ability to judge said timelessness or meaning objectively. It was argued that it was quite possible for someone to state that “this music has a meaning and emotion that will move people even X number of years down the road”… again, I disagreed. My view is that as an individual, it’s impossible to state which music will have meaning to society as it progresses because you are only one person, and you can’t possibly understand the essence of everyone else in the world. The other issue that was attached to this was an individual’s ability to judge a musician’s artistic credibility and integrity based on listening to their music or image. For example, I personally don’t think it’s possible to state that Kiss have little artistic credibility because they have a shock rock image, or that the Skinny Puppy have lost their artistic integrity or are going against their vision because their music has changed over the years. Again, there was much disagreeance.
As you can see, this was a highly philosophical discussion, and many a time did I see “I’m really not following any of this” fly across the page. I figured the forum might be a better place to spark this kind of discussion as it allows people to post their entire thought process instead of being in a chatlike environment where it’s impossible to get a complex thought out in a debate without being interrupted by the next person trying to do the same. So, I’m going to open this up… I’m interested to see what the rest of the community has to say on these, and their related issues.
Keep in mind, I’m starting this discussion for fun. I hope that we’re all mature enough to keep this from becoming an OMFGSERIOUS heated flamewar argument. I just want to see where all of us, as musicians, stand on these issues.