i don't remember if you make music or not nathan. as a computer assisted producer, i think one leaves the pedestrian perspective behind early on, and gradually the ear assimilates all techniques. perhaps only if one is lucky or has one's heart in the right place is one still able to hear *music* past this point instead of an assemblage of methods. otherwise, old producers fall into an undead continuity, assuring themselves that their choices make them cool and unable to grow or abandon the imposition of culture, being unable to see the real paucity of worth that music has instead of its inflated cultural "value".
imo WATMM embraces this perspective with its challenging "sameness". it seems to me intended for such a sensibility, to an ear that listens to the same rhythm for days on end as they engineer it.
over at kvr, someone posted recently that dubstep is all slapstick and doesn't take itself seriously anymore, "not like in the good old days when it had a real badass sound". well, for sure. perhaps this perspective is extreme, but bear with me:
our grandparents were the first generation to experience mass broadcast. from the mass disseminated meme we prodressed to prerecorded media - the fixed idea in a box or tin can.
basically, most people in the west accept these forms as instinsic to their culture. they live and breathe it.
but get some perspective, and you may consider that both of them are BLOODY UNHEALTHY - mass media takes one idea and funnels it to millions of people. prerecorded media also involves the listener with a one-way interchange. only the listener can change. if you want to use a reductio ad absurdum, this could be compared to necrophilia.
personally i believe the entertainment industry is not only asinine but psychologically crippling if not eventually lethal. shouldn't life be about growing together? not joe blow with the big bank account setting out cookie crumbs to guide our evolution (the "shepherds of the northern pasture").
this is why i like WATMM.
back on dubstep, media is toxic. it involves people with lifelessness, and surely new generations will either develop a resistance to it or the social organism will perish. this is why modern music has to cheapen the value of music. because music is invading us. it is skillfully used to sway us into insensate choices.. buy new imprived frillo.. ride a big bootay into serfdom and impoverished powerlessness.
"guns don't kill people - rappers do." - goldie lookin chain, "welsh hiphop"
i doubt ronnie will concur with this expression - as i said, i see these songs as very tongue in cheek.
many of you are christians - and there are things i can respect about many expressions of christianity. i am not a christian. the centralised authority and expression of heirarchy - christians can see this in the mormon or jehovah's witnesses, who are obliged to obey every order of the church no matter how obscene. this is madness. for me, sure, god yes, but church no. any organisation would be dead weight to me in this era of poisoned hearts.
christendom on white horses.. yes... cretins believe their horse is bloody pure and their people alone are the chosen ones. a horse is a symbol of being a tool /"ridden". "our king lives forevermore.." while your sons and daughters perish in the crusade.
i expect many listeners think this is ronnie being a reverent christian but to me, it's ronnie making a double-edges statement about christians. as said, i doubt he will ever express it, but a great deal of his work can be interpreted as incisive criticism of mainstream interpretations of christianity. i can only do so because i am sure to be balked by "the properly faithful". the white songbook is also prevalent in this regard. to me, you can replace "white" with "western industrial paradigm" and the songs are right on target.. we are rock. it's not white as in purity.
is there one more light in here?