The Sound Grapes make when they're Sour
I hate pop music. No, correction. I hate pop musicians. I hate rock musicians. I hate urban musicians... basically I hate everyone who writes music in a form that I find endlessly fascinating and yet continuously beyond my reach.
As a classical composer I have studied numerous other composers, styles and forms of music. Many of these "classical" forms I understand and can emulate, from high-classical to the avant-gard pan-tonal forms of the 20th century. However, the current styles of music heard on the pop radio stations continues to elude me!
People tell me "Pop music is c&#p!" but if it's so bad how come it's 1) so popular and 2) impossible for me to capture the nuances of it within my own music??? I love listening pop music --all styles and artists; I just can't write it. People say pop music won't last, but we still remember "Blue Swede Shoes", "Tuxedo Junction" and "The Entertainer" which are now over 60, 80 and 100 years old. Maybe they're not on the pop stations anymore, but they are remembered. Lady Gaga is more than just good marketing. Shakira, Beyonce and Alica Keys are extremely talented. Their music will be remembered because it's more than just simple chords and repetitive rhythms.
I studied dance music styles as an undergraduate and amazed at how the other students could so adeptly capture the various modern styles. It also was extremely interesting how layered modern music is. We don't pay attention to the various layers because of the overly simply repetitive rhythms and harmonic progression. But, beneath all that simplicity are constant changing sound textures and effects. Brilliant, brilliant music! (sometimes).
While I have experimented with musique-accousmatique, the skill modern record producers display on modern music is mystifying. Perhaps I need to just give up on trying every understand how to write pop music and see if I can make something from the sound of squishing sour grapes.