Written on January 1, 2016
By Kirt Cathey
in J-Pop, Music
Actually, the Japan time doesn’t make a difference now, since the day has probably come for the rest of the world by now. This morning I am sitting at my music workstation and trying to figure out a rhythm for a blues song I am conjuring up. Using my ’92 Deluxe Strat and the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. Fun, but kind of stuck on one part right now.
I spent a bit of time thinking about my post from yesterday, especially when the Kohaku (year-end Japanese entertainment show) featured Arashi. All electronic VSTs and a bunch of pretty boys in super-gay attire dancing around on stage to fake electronic music. Before that the band Tokio was featured, which was cool. I did get a giggle out of the song Be Ambitious though. It sounded like a song for a private university commercial… super corny. But whatever, they’re making the bucks and I am just a mere critic.
Written on December 30, 2015
By Kirt Cathey
Watching Joe Walsh describe his ‘Analog Guy’ approach or lifestyle (or is it a new album name?); he makes some good points about how things have changed in music with the digital age. Part of what I understood appealed to me that sounded like a has-been that hasn’t aligned well with the internet age as a performer. It sounded like something similar to Jimmy Cliff’s performance about how the ‘internet killed music’.
However, Joe made a real good point that is so true to what I have seen and understand to be the current state of music. He stated that ‘nobody performs’ a couple times during the interview, and when discussion of his post-recovery reincarnation, Joe pointed out the changes now with the digital age. He made a very strong point that I agree with is that nobody performs anything now. It seems like a very large portion of music performed now do not involve any performers. A drum machine track is put into a song project, then virtual instruments are used for all other parts, and a song is produced without a single performance.
I agree with this so much that I refuse to watch many J-Pop or K-Pop stars or most music in modern R&B.