There was a time in music where an artist had to be a finely tuned machine WITH the instrument. They had to understand music, the song, the lyrical structure, chords and any changes, and memorize the song backwards and forwards. In my experience and looking forward through the music industry glass. I believe that the human element has if it hasn't already is going to be left behind in the dust. Let me explain my thoughts.
Ask any musician today how they produce their music and you'll hear the following. Through a computer, using drum samples, beat machines, electronic keyboards to produce electric guitar sounds etc. While I completely understand about the drum samples if you don't have the money or the room to setup a complete drum kit inside your small apartment or house. The others I really don't get. I'm not saying that drum samples are bad. I'm saying that they are used to replace real drummers that can actually drum but don't want to practice their craft and get better. This my friends is called laziness and it's not a trait that I like. You have to work hard to what you want to accomplish and get good at. Practice makes perfect and brings new skills to the table.
Another aspect I see is over produced and time aligned music. This aspect is truly jaw dropping. Musicians who have the ability to sing harmonies just say we'll fix it in post with pitch correction, guitarists say we'll fix that onenote with melodyne and the list goes on and on. It's no wonder that copy and paste are widely used to produce a complete song. Just create a loop and paste it several times. Again, another way of making music the lazy and easy way out.
Time aligning is a big problem having everything synced and produced to an exact click of a metronome. There is no room for error. Personally, I like the mistakes of musicians within a recording especially a live recording or even a studio recording. Not only does this make the music more real and moving. The personification of flawed musicians means that the music and stories in them are real.
I am no means saying that if you can't afford real drums, are not a real drummer, have a small place to make music are you a sell out with no soul. I completely understand your situation. However, the musicians who have everything at their disposal and just don't work hard. That's the issues that I take. If you want to make music do it right. I've heard a lot of indie music which sounds a lot better from people who don't have a lot. They make music with their passion and do it from the heart with what they have. They don't have a label or contract pushing them to make crap within a two month window.
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