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[#] Wed Dec 05 2018 06:40:57 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Someone at work posted a link to a music video on the work chat from a guy named 'Ferg'.

I took the time to listen to it. A little over two minutes of what I assume is one of Ferg's more popular bits of music. I think it's titled 'Work', although I can't be sure.

I assume it's popular because my coworker posted it. Not because I've been paying attention to trends in popular music lately, in any way whatsoever.
So maybe I'm wrong.

I hope I'm wrong.

Pachelbel's Canon has an ostinato where the bass line repeats the same eight notes throughout the entire piece of music. While the bass plays this repeatedly, the other voices provide a theme-and-variation to explore those eight notes in as many ways that Pachelbel could manage while maintaining some interest.
Still, despite the enduring nature of this piece of music, many of us today kind of laugh about the repetitious nature of it.

It seems Ferg attempted to reproduce this same effect, but with four notes, and he put them in the upper notes with a keyboard instrument using an instrumentation that sounds a bit like mysterious bells. It takes about 2 seconds to play all four notes (maybe less), enough time to create a transition from one scene to another in a video, as if you were transiting to a cut scene of a memory.
Ferg repeats this for two minutes.

Two minutes.

(Actually, longer)

Ferg easily created an ostinato from hell. Without effort, he manages to bore the listener with an ostinato that doesn't forgive or forget. It doesn't really do anything, actually. It just repeats, endlessly, rending any hope that the tune might become interesting.

So, you figure, let's try to (easily) ignore the ostinato and focus on the lyrics.

Nope. No good. Neither do those lyrics provide rhythmic interest, nor do they provide any subtle word play at all. As soon as the tune is over, you will not remember them. They will move you to no action at all, except perhaps to reach for your cup of tea... although it isn't the music moving you to that action so much as perhaps a thirst that welled within you.

He does manage to repeat the word 'nigger' a fair amount. I guess if you want to make record sales, and you don't really have the talent to create something that folks might remember in the centuries to come, you might instead focus on buzzwords and musical triggers that lead to making money for corporate executives with clipboards and formulas they've carefully crafted after decades of preparing people to listen to this shit and think they're getting some kind of value for their money.

*sigh*

I despise what has happened in this fucking country. Music provides a clear example of an overall trend here where the fucking public boils the soul out of everything and puts beige on a pedestal to worship.

[#] Wed Dec 05 2018 08:01:13 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Beige.. I think I'll paint the ceiling beige.

[#] Mon Dec 10 2018 09:09:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I despise what has happened in this fucking country. Music provides a

clear example of an overall trend here where the fucking public boils

the soul out of everything and puts beige on a pedestal to worship.

As I've mentioned before ... the 1996 regulatory changes did this. They don't really do A&R scouting anymore, because the payola market is now hyperconsolidated so they just publish music that follows an established formula for creating pop success but doesn't actually have any soul to it. Nearly all pop music today is written by only two people, Lukasz Gottwald and Max Martin. Literally two people.

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