Grohl is right, & electronic music isnt wrong.

I came accross this artical on a website I frequent - Dave Grohl Backpedals On His Grammy Speech

Basically it refers to a speach gave while drunk at the grammys & accepting an award, he made reference to how its a testiment that the humen eliment of music is still being honoured & loved, & not forgotten within the current climate of computer created music.

From this speach apparently the electronic music ferturnity (of which I am one) )became riled up & took offence to dave's comments as a slight against they're way of making music.

Dave Grohl then took it upon himself to release a clarification statement, stating that he endorses electronic music, & wasnt directly aiming a critical venom to those artists who work within that medium.

I guess this got my attention a little, I just wanted to chime in with my say.

Basically Mr Grohl is write. His statement was totally taken out of context (by those who took offence). as an electronic musician, I came to the conclusion many years ago while developing my sound & what I like to hear in music that the humen eliment that Dave refers too, the minor mistakes that crop up intrinsically in all recorded music, is one of the things that makes music so soulfull & inviting to the ear. while we all strive to be as good as we can be at different things in life, countless times the public have spoken to the simple reality that when compared to perfection, the humen race always cares greater for that which is floored, this is because as humens, we know personally that we all are floored.

I've always worked hard to build that humen eliment into my music, where possible always playing my synth & sequence lines into my timelines by hand (no matter how stinted my chops are) & past that, even making a point of building mistakes into my recording & creative process on purpose.

Electronic music is now the standard in the music industry, & has been for many many years. but the methods that Dave Grohl mentions will ALWAYS be a massive part of the process, even influencing that which is perfect to begin with, to aspire not to be.

an excellent exampel of this is found on the many many electronic music production forums around the wide worlds web. thread after thread is available for reading on the subject of the worth to old anologue synthesizers, & what lengths music software developers go to recreate that sound. of which is very simple. old anologue cuicits are inaccuret & add in small failures to the sound that they should be perfect with (off-tuned pitch & minor distortions & noise levels between the different stages), but those failures are what I call "pure failures", in that they are organic to the process itself, pitfalls of the method or technology used to get that sound. Point being, an entire industry actually exists, not to correct those failures but instead to recreate those pure failures for greater future reproduction.

Another interesting offshot of this, is how entire music genre's & styles have stemmed from these pitfalls in themselves. stuff like glitchcore, that takes the failed "cuicit-bent" sound & techniques & incorperates it into the sound itself as a sonic convention. The famed TB303 was originally designed as a bass acompaniment machine for guitarists to practice with, but failed horribly at emulating the sound & feel of a bass player, but when noticed in isolation from an individual who wasnt looking for a bass player replacement, its pure failure was instantly used as a unique strength, which spawned the whole genre of techno music. countless other examples of this can be appllied to all facits of music (electronic & acoutic).

ultimatly though, its the hument eliment that is most important, not the method that is used to create, capture or convey this.

Mr Grohl, I take your original statement in the proper context, & agree whole heartidly.


electro monkey

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  • Pete
    Lost me a bit at the end there! Glitch core? TB303? Interesting post though, didn't know about Grohl's comments but glad he's clarified!

    Lost me a bit at the end there! Glitch core? TB303? Interesting post though, didn't know about Grohl's comments but glad he's clarified!

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