She wont let you fly but she might let you sing

LovePosted by Eskil Sat, May 28, 2011 17:45:44
When Elvis appeared on stage in the 50s with his music and hip movements where positively shocking and parents everywhere saw in horror as their kids got swept up in vice. Things couldn't possibly get worse, until the Beatles showed up and started to sing about LSD. Then came Hendrix and that guy couldn't even play straight. And then came hard rock, and some of the people who where in to that didn't even pretend to be nice, they called them selves things like "Prince of darkness". Then came Punk and that was even nosier. It as now so noisy that it was hard to imagine less melodic music, that was until Rap came along and did away with melody all together. Just when parents all agreed that civilization could not possibly go any lower, somebody suggested even removing the lyrics to create Rave, and the final circle of hell was complete.

A few weeks ago I saw a girl, she was probably around fifteen and she was wearing a bag that said "Punk is not dead". It was a sad moment. Because Honey, Punk is dead, and it died long before you where born. Cry on its grave for a while and then move along, dear.

For the first time in modern music history, old people are horrified by the music young people listen to, not because its loud and obnoxious, but because its timid and pathetic. Have we come to a time when parents storm in to their kids rooms to demand they turn the volume UP? You think you are rebellious for listening to hip-hop? Well, if you are listening to Public enemy, Ice-T and 2 Live crew maybe but that was 20 years ago! Don't steal your parents revolt! Get your own!

Why are we awash with Pixel graphics? Isn't the joke "Look it looks like an old game but its really not, funny huh?" kind of played out by now? Same as the "look at the ugly 70s glasses I'm wearing" joke. Its referencing something old and not bringing anything new.

And its all a joke, a few minutes of shaky youtube footage of a cat falling on or out of something, or a comic strip about some sad characters life that is sooo "funny because its true", or why not one of thous door mats with a funny pun. In fact you can now build your entire home completely out of things that look like other things because its funny. If you look for a potato peeler in some design store you can bet its disguised as and a tooth paste tube, a hot dog or something else at most mildly amusing. Its as if Q, became a pacifist and got a job at Ikea.

Some time ago I found this image:

We think we live in a time of development, but looking at this, it feels like a hundred years ago people developed thoughts on a much grander scale then today. What would a chart like this look like for the last ten years? Would it mention the innovation of wheel rims that looks like they spin even when they stand still and would trucker caps be seen as a major new esthetics's movement?

I love Kraftwerk, The Beatles, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and a lot of other music that was made before i was born, and that's great, but I'm not trying to re-create what they did or try to pretend that i live in that time. I'm trying to define my own time.

Albums like Sgt. Pepper, The Wall, and even Music for a jilted generation where more then just a random collections of good songs, they constituted a hole that told us something new, They allowed us to enter a new world. We still reference 2001 a space odyssey, Blade runner, and 1984 to define our future. We still consider The Godfather, Casablanca and A clockwork orange master peaces. We still read Homer, Shakespeare, and Kafka not because they where just funny but because they expanded or minds. It takes more then a clever pun or a youtube clip to move human thinking forward like that. It takes a vision, and to be create something like that it requires you to question what has come before, not just recycle it, or reference it. That is the core that you need before you do any thing great, you need to have something to say, a point of view, a new idea. What is your idea? Only when you have that, can you upset your parents properly.

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Posted by JimmyVolatile Wed, September 19, 2012 15:38:52

Replace: "Albums like Sgt. Pepper, The Wall, and even Music for a jilted generation where more then just a random collections of good songs, they constituted a hole that told us something new, They allowed us to enter a new world."With: "Albums like Sgt. Pepper, The Wall, and even Music for a jilted generation where more than just a random collections of good songs, they constituted a whole that told us something new - They allowed us to enter a new world."I like your game, by the way.

Posted by chicortiz Sun, July 03, 2011 06:32:19

BTW Eskil! You NEED TO watch "Midnight in Paris" is exactly your theme!

Posted by Professor Paul1290 Sat, June 25, 2011 04:02:14

It seems that people like to stick to things that everyone likes, but by doing that you're unlikely find anything you really like. I feel like most people never find what they really like because they never look hard enough to find it.

On the bright side, nowadays people can create music, movies, books, and games they want to without needing to reach out to everyone, at least more so than before.

Of course, that doesn't solve the problem of being able to find what you like. There is the rather unfortunate reality that chances are, the perfect book, song, movie, or game for you has already been made by someone out there, but chances are you'll never know it.

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Posted by Adolfo Sat, June 11, 2011 05:04:50

Those pixilated games that you're hating on are leagues ahead in the fundamental concepts of design. Instead of looking down on them and making excuses, take some notes. The sales figures speak for themselves. There are lots of small indie games with teams of one or two people that are being very successful.

Posted by Lakis Thu, June 09, 2011 11:57:20

Give some PvP it's boring to compete AIs.........

Posted by John Wed, June 08, 2011 18:01:35

Dude, your spelling...

Posted by chicortiz Sun, June 05, 2011 23:32:23


That's not about being popular or fun. There was a bunch of people much more "popular" and "fun" than Van Gogh at his time (<---Eskil please don't cut your right ear).

Common! It's 10 euro for SIX months! Find a job at Walmart ;)

You know, Eskil... The other day I went to the museum and there was a huge piece of stone with Arabic inscriptions on it dated 4.000 BC. It was the most rough and beautiful piece at exhibit :)

Posted by NemesisLeon Fri, June 03, 2011 21:47:55

Minecraft is more popular because it's simple fun.

You get to explore to find things and be creative. Familiar things like lava, water, and stone. Cartoony graphics are joyful to look at and imply fun; Pixelization is naturally cartoony.

Simple things are effective. LOVE is overcomplicated, unfamiliar, and subscription fee. Minecraft is simple, familiar, and one-time pay.

Posted by Boris Sun, May 29, 2011 08:08:52

We are changing in a very different way, the bulk is becoming placid and malleable. While the usual small pieces are thriving, except what is changing is that these normally small groups of society are becoming far more numerous and far larger than ever before. I am talking about the collection of minds that share similar, useful, interests and are able to be together at all due to the ability to find each other and communicate with each other over previously unprecedented distances and boundaries.

We have indeed moved away from originality. Too many things are now far too 'streamlined' and I only mean that in the sense of 'easy to implement and run'. Education is one of the main 'streamlined' processes, not streamlined for the best output but rather for the easiest execution, cookie cutter recipes. People who grow beyond the norms of the current societies teach themselves,by noticing and reacting to the ever expanding pool of resources available.

We are 'in between'. I am aware that I am not the first to say that but I think that is a very true statement. Creativity will have to catch up with our progress, with our capacity to absorb information and see ever larger pictures, for now we will see more of the same, more of the old.

Posted by meshula Sat, May 28, 2011 19:00:58

Thought provoking as always, Eskil. Don't you think that progress and perception is the responsibility of the perceptor of the art? Perhaps progress can be defined as what we choose to notice? When perceiving steampunk, one can see tired, recycled, Victorian tropes, or one can see a movement to rediscover the working of rich materials such as leather, blass, and brass, and a recognition that anyone can create clothing and jewelry. When we see the endless parade of retro and pixel art games, we can perceive mindless aping of tired forms, or we can see a celebration of the fact that even ten years ago producing such games was the realm of the expert, the large team, and a large budget, and today any kid can do it.

And I agree with you that music today is not challenging at all. I bought an electric guitar and pound out loud atonal pieces full of feedback and artifact to teach my kids to challenge their perceptions and expectation.