Surely anyone who has immersed themselves within the electronic dance music community has encountered social scrutiny at some point.
One of the most common myths is that EDM is not real music.
Known for his consciously aware, bass heavy, dubstep infused sounds, Phutureprimitive seems to have had enough of the cynics.
The Portland based electronic music producer has taken to Facebook to share his perspective on what constitutes ‘real music.’
To those who say a computer isn’t an instrument:
Sure, its not traditional.
Neither are digital cameras.
Does this mean movies shot with digital cameras instead of film are not “real” movies either?
Sure, there is electricity involved with a computer. But then, there is also electricity involved in an electric guitar, or the speakers used to amplify a band, or the synthesizers used by Pink Floyd, or the gear used to bring us any kind of current recorded music whatsoever, acoustic, electronic, or otherwise.
A computer may not have strings or a keyboard or a mesh head like traditional instruments. But then, neither does the human body, so you better alert Bobby McFerrin his body isn’t a legitimate instrument. I guess that goes for every other beatboxer for that matter, since a mouth is not really a drum kit.
Sure, they don’t sell computers at the music store but …. wait, have you been to Guitar Center in the last decade?
Sure, computers allow a person to make music step by step (or real time if you prefer), one note at a time, thereby allowing those who don’t have the skill or dexterity or years of practice with an instrument to still express themselves musically or produce a musical work of art. Should we tell them their form of expression isn’t valid because they “do it differently?”
A computer may not fit into your “traditional” definition of an instrument. Yet, do you realize how many things we interact with daily, how many conveniences we have, how much art that exists all because there arrived a technology or way of thinking or a single person who chose to push the boundaries of what is “normal” or traditional?
Consider this… the first instruments weren’t instruments at all.
They were animals and sticks and wood. Horse hair strung across a bowed stick and plucked. Animal hide stretched across a bowl to make a drum. Deer hooves fastened to the end of a stick to make a rattle. Instruments started out as something totally different. Things repurposed in order to create sound and rhythm and melody. You could say the same thing about a computer.
Fellow producer Random Rab also jumped in on the action:
Well said! As someone who plays a lot of instruments and sings, I can tell you that computers require the same patience, creative impulse, and dedication. All that matters is the sound, unless the sound is less important than your ego projection.
When I first started out playing drum machines as sequencers, I was nearly assaulted on stage by a guitar player who said I was ruining music for all the “real” musicians.
As expected, the open-minded legion of avid Phutureprimitive followers contributed a wealth of thoughtful and humorous comments regarding his digital monologue.
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