chris boring (doktor242) wrote,
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Stand by the innovators

Interview meme part III

If you want to play...
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions and leave the answers as comments on my LJ.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

These are from kingmob23:

1) Electronic music, particularly Industrial, seems to be having a bit of a dry spell. What do you see happening to it in the next couple of years?

I see this as the period of restructuring that happens after any artistic or musical movement has it's big explosion. Some of the best so-called punk rock happened after the big outward expansion phase had run it's course. It's time for more contemplative stuff, more cerebral stuff, and most importantly, more cross-pollination of genres. Look at the laptop scene's appropriation of indie rock's tropes; it doesn't always work, but when it's done well you get great artists like Laptop or the Postal Service. I'm glad the car commercial phase of electronic music is over. Now as for industrial, it's mostly dead... and any really great innovation has been decried by the hardline contingent as "not real industrial" for the last 10 years. Let it grow into whatever it wants to be, and in a few years, a new generation of innovators will breathe some life into the otherwise cold and twitching corpse of the genre.

2) Why are good production values more important in music than soul?

They're not, or I would be listening to nothing but mid 1980s Yes albums and Alan Parsons. That having been said, it doesn't matter how much soul you have if your music is panful to listen to, or obscured by a wash of static from a poor recording, or otherwise lacks clarity. Just as it's poor writing to use unclear language, it is essential that the listener be able to hear the artist's intent clearly.

3) When we used to drugs together, it had a "mystic lodge" type feel. What are your current drug experiences like?

There's still an undercurrent of mysticism to it, although the shamanistic aspect is missing, as you were always the shaman of our little tribe. That having been said, the best part of any drug experience is the sensory amplification that goes along with it... improved listening and communication. This is all immaterial anyway, as my recent supplier is out of the game.

4) You've been teaching for a while is this a career option you can see yourself pursuing ?

I run hot and cold on the idea. I enjoy what I do, but I'm not sure I have the patience to return to school and get a degree... and I may only enjoy the work because I write my own curriculum. I still think my ideal job is as chief Mac tech at a small graphic design shop.. or sound design.

5) Do you regret your hardline phase?

Everyone goes through an embarrassing musical obsession phase, and so did I. I wish I hadn't stepped on you and Erica during it though.
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