What makes music “real?”
Hi! It’s Charluxx.
A few days ago two acquaintances who shall remain nameless (thanks... Marc et Ian!) said I should play “real” music with them, not “computer” music.
I thought that was rather condescending...
If the “computer” doesn’t make it “real,” stop listening to music. Because all music ends up in the “computer” before you hear it.
I, for one, am so frickin’ glad the “computer” makes it possible. The reason it did not work for me the first time out is because I was poor, and I could never have afforded to rent a studio and record.
Now I can record singles and albums, at home! Sure I mix and master it at a studio (all my money goes there), but I record everything at home. With my “real” guitar, my “real“ bass, my “real” keyboard, and my “real” voice. So what if I pre-mix it in the “computer” and create some cool sounds and effects? That’s my sound!
I could never have done it any other way. So my music isn’t as “real” as a consequence?
How about the message I voice, the catchy melodies, the groovy basslines, the funky guitar playing, the shear range of my voice, the diversity of my style from one song to the next? Not “real?”
What make “computer” music less “real?”
A kid repeats a note on a laptop and sings a made up lyrics song, is that not “real” music (because he’s not a professional?)
Having a musical talent and expressing it electronically and making millions of dollars a year while at it isn’t “real?”
It is as real as can be baby... Not any different that banging rocks together and signing along.
Plus, someone (me) whose sound is so new and is such a perfectionist that he (me again) prefers to compose alone, makes the “computer” the only “real” option.
I’ll find my dream team of players and artists, I’ll find my like minded tribe. I’m inching towards putting together a live Sexy Funk band complete with horns, dancers, costumes, light show, because that’s my sound!
Will my music finally be “real” then?
I love my “computer” damnit, it allows me to be my funkiest best! It allows be to bring on the Sexy Funk.
If you think my music isn’t “real” music, I dare you to relax, put it on, and not groove to it!
Peace and Love,