The Art Product

In 1878, Thomas Edison filed patent for a small recording device and music was never going to be the same. With the advent of this new technology, it didn’t take long for entrepreneurs to see the possibility of capturing everything from backwoods blues players to grand orchestras and everything in between. Phonographs, radio, and a new century gave way to an explosion in musical talent that could be shared across the globe to eagar listeners.

Keep in mind, that before this, the only way to hear music on demand was through a music box or find someone with the talent for it. People could go for months or even years without hearing anything we would recognize today as “music”. Let’s just assume that there was probably a lot of humming going on, which is consequently good for human health. For the rest, the noises of their environment and perhaps a gentle breeze moving through the trees was as good as it got.

Progress moved in and took over. The pure and simple sounds of our everyday lives gave way to ethereal melodies of art unseen perfectly copied and magically reproduced for us at our will. This ear candy has been accruing ever since and we are noticing a problem that most are unaware of. The product that was seemingly endless has begun to circle on itself. The shear volume of different music available and the limited number of chords has crowded out anything truly “new.” Combine this fact that “the product” is really not just about music anymore, and if it was, it needs to follow the formula to get traction and you end up with what we have today.

The “art” of music is being supplanted by the gimmick that is an entertainer. Recorded music is so over produced that it could never be replicated without tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, and if it was would sound boring. Live shows usually consist of lights, choreographed dancing, smoke and special effects are all being piled on top of one another to try and appeal to an insatiable mob of humans who are not quite sure of what they’re buying. Bear in mind that this has been going on for decades and show no signs of stopping. Once you start to recognize it for what it is, you can begin adding that into cesspool of degeneracy that is rife within our culture.

Obviously, a lot of art is subjective and I don’t claim that everything being produced is “bad” per say, but sometimes it is good to take a step back and give your ears a break. If you really want to learn to appreciate music, try making it. It’s a humbling experience that is good for the body as well as the soul. Who knows, you might just meet some new friends you never would have otherwise and open another door into yourself.

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