i'm working through revamping how i catalog the new music i accumulate and i'm really struggling so i'm just going to try and word vomit some ideas.
so first i was thinking that i would remove relabel my genre tags for stuff since i've really only been breaking things down into super general categories - electronic, hip hop/rap, rock. so i was planning to give these really descriptive genre tags until i realized...i don't know what to call some of the stuff i listen to. in fact, i don't really know the appropriate label for a majority of some current favorites. i'm sure i can rectify this by doing some excessive reading into prominent sources, but i'm not interested in discovering the easy-to-recognize genre categories (electro vs. dubstep vs. progressive house) because most artists don't strive to make easily tagged music.
i can't count the number of times where i've read some bullshit band's biography and the first couple of sentences contain something to the effect of..."the band strives to transcend traditional labels...." or "their eclectic influences shine through to keep this marvelous group of aficionados out from under genre classification." even if bands that use these types of catch phrases aren't achieving their goal, either because of poor talent or poor desire, the widespread desire to appear unique can be found in nearly every artist. this seemingly core principle of being a modern day artist is the primary reason why i don't always know how to label the sounds i hear because sometimes a person or group is actually able to transcend their aim to create unique music.
now i realize there is a counter-point to this: in the purist sense, artists do not create their works in solitary confinement devoid of influences. to this, i, and i'm sure many other people, totally agree, which is why i believe another possibility to solve my quandary is to simply piece together the recognizable genres present within a piece. but there is one issue that i particular find with solution: is it really accurate to describe musical art with a label, usually meant to provide a brief description, composed of 2 or more genre modifiers that may negatively interact with each other? for instance, i saw an album recently labeled as progressive house-dubstep...my first reaction is what the fuck: how do those 2 genres have anything related? how in the fuck does progressive house, which is generally accepted to be @ 130bpm meld with dubstep, which is generally accepted to be @ 140bpm? think of it this way: combine Deadmau5 with Rusko (which is hilarious considering the ill-willed history that has occurred between these two cats). Enough said
i guess i could make up names...
...but i guess i'm running out of coherent thoughts
i think the route i'm going to try next is to forget about genre labeling (i've already erased all the metadata i had in my library about genres) and label things as to how they make me feel: do i wanna study to this, do i wanna listen to this with friends or solo, do i wanna ride with this in my car on a sunny day...i'm sure the list could go on and on, which is actually the problem i am attempting to solve right now...so i will get back to you when i have deliberated and found a functional solution...or i'll just live in a world of unorganized music for eternity, i've got plenty of friends that roll that way.
[there are tracks where i can play Danny in public and tracks where i can't...this is one of them, but not because of Samiyam, but because Danny's brand of vile rapping probably doesn't rub the masses very well, but fuck it, you don't come here to be part of the masses]
[the title track of the new album from this group is hauntingly cool. it's a relatively low key song, but carries a lot of eeriness to it that makes it suitable for something weird/creepy like Enter the Void without all the lights flashing]
[cool shit on this track with an upbeat drum pattern built around a soft 32bit keyboard, blips/bleeps, and sample vocals that give it a quality like a synthy remix of a Pearson Sound song...hell i dunno, i'm just making it up :)]
if you can recognize some the landmarks in this then you've been to my hood a few times