A View Of Music In The 21st Century

Popular music used to move, perceived historically and from the impression the singles chart would provide, in steady waves forward: every decade would have a different sound as much as each style had its characteristics. Now, in the 21st century and with the proliferation of music tech for the home enthusiast coupled with music (re)packaged in various forms (re-issues of classics no matter how obscure and Internet sites) the 21st century is a confusion of past glories and attempts at different approaches using 20th century music styles.
 
So much of what can be heard in music created now echoes/mirrors music from the 60's straight through to the 90's. In fact, as we've all no doubt seen, the groups are themselves still around in most cases from these decades (even if the line-up is no longer intact) to the point where even if there is the merest association with a much bigger name that is a good enough excuse/reason for a less well known group to make a comeback. However, these groups, either because they refuse to give up or because the idea of reforming makes sense to them, are actually required within the current music scene. They keep fans interested and new fans can enjoy seeing these heroes while getting local or up-and-coming signed artists as support.
 
These newer artists, though, show the required understanding of Rock/Metal/Punk along with the desire (in a fair number of cases) to create something modern. But what, in this sense, does modern mean? This is where a fresh perspective on 'classic' Rock, etc is enlivening the scene by combining different approaches has been harnessed to a new degree. A 'pick and mix' approach is being used with interesting results that may initially not work 'properly' together but where in the rules does it say this is not allowed? Remember, Rap/Hip Hop made its presence felt by using exactly this method towards making music. Rock/Metal/Punk can be created in the home by using technology that has been recreated as software –home studios are everywhere. You can even add imperfections such as vinyl noise –strange when only a CD of the recording is available. Having said that though, there are bound to be no more real advances in equipment, only refinements of tactile or virtual technology. This would suggest that musicians will now be able to concentrate on being creative. However, the use of computers in music doesn't stop there.
 
Go to Sound Cloud and there is a plethora of artists that many have never encountered. And from just about anywhere in the world. Metal groups from Peru, Hardcore Punk from Thailand, etc. Music has become truly international but the differences have been reduced because anyone can learn from the Internet how to play like Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Kreator, Steve Vai, whatever. And so, back to the classic eras of Rock/Metal/Punk where fans wanted the best from their music. Maybe this is why the 70's and 80's in particular are focused on by modern fans. We are back to a new classic era. And actually there is much to be excited about with artists who have risen to prominence (even if this success is only to a moderate level).
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