Quirkyculture reminisces on the days where we listened to albums instead of individual songs:
Albums were intended as works of art. The careful assembling of various songs, when done with love, carried the listener on an emotional ride. If the artist succeeded, the listener experienced a seduction,was drawn in as a willing participant to the artist’s most intimate thoughts and emotions. And come out with a sense of completion. There was a beginning, a middle, an end. Whether cheerful or melancholy, the ending was meant to be satisfying…
However, the iPod has revolutionized the way we listen to music.
“Gone are the days of slipping an album from its cardboard cover and paper sleeve, carefully placing it on the turntable and committing to one musician for forty-five minutes. The artist had forty-five minutes to make me fall in love with his or her music. Sometimes, that forty-five minute tryst became a full-blown love affair. I committed myself, like a lover, for better or worse, til death do us part… I am a schizophrenic listener now. I shuffle. I am jarred from one extreme to the next, with little commonality of idea or purpose. I dance, I feel blue, I feel elevated, I feel raunchy. It’s all one big jumble and I’m struggling to keep up. Perhaps some classical strings would soothe me. If only the violins weren’t followed by Pink telling me to get the party started.”
My iTouch has actually left me with the opposite effect than the one QuirkyCulture has described: I respect artists with wonderfully put-together albums much more than I have in the past. A lot of the times, I won’t listen to a song individually, but I will listen to it as a piece of a whole album.
The iPod has changed the way we listen to music, but I hope that doesn’t influence the way artists make albums as a collective piece of art.
I love this music video. It’s my absolute favorite.
If you haven’t seen it before, check it out:
*Edit: I guess you can’t play the video on WordPress. Sorry! Click on the link to be transferred to Youtube to watch the video.
*Re-edit: This is what my dorkasaurus boyfriend did when I showed him I liked the video. No, that is not a proposal. (FYI: He’s not THAT cheap…) That’s just a circle with ants on it, in my opinion.
(No, we are not talking about the tennis player, James Blake. )
I’ve been listening to James Blake’s new self-titled CD via Rhapsody (which you will hear a ton more about later), and have found his album to be something you shouldn’t miss.
His use of auto-tune within his album is used in an artful way and not in a way to substitute for his lack of singing ability (T-Pain*). He also knows how to use pauses in a unique way that most artists don’t use them; The way Blake uses pauses creates a very haunting effect when mashed with the minimal amount of music he has within his songs.
What is interesting about Blake’s music is that it sits between the boundary of noise and music. He has a great understanding of how much noise to include, and how much music to not include which results in a very minimalistic (yet artistic) overall sound. His song, “Limit to Your Love” is a great example of this.
Buy his CD for only $7.99 on Amazon.
*What irritates me the most about T-pain’s use of auto-tune is that ANYONE could have T-Pain’s voice. Thus, the T-Pain auto-tune app.