Wednesday 18 October 2017

Why has music become more depressing?

Donna Summer is probably the best tester for dirty analogue synth
Donna Summer is probably the best tester for dirty analogue synth
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

My past has been compressed. My memories have been flattened, made two-dimensional. The life, the oomph, has been taken out of them.

Someone told me that Tidal is the music-streaming service of choice for serious muso-heads now, and for the guys who DJ at rollerskating shindigs, which are apparently quite a scene among old ravers. Apparently on the big speakers you can tell the difference between say, Spotify and Tidal. If you don't know what either of these are then you are possibly even older than me.

Spotify was the first big mainstream music streaming service. So I pay €10 a month and have access to most of the music I can think of and pretty much all the new music that comes out. I believe David Bowie predicted this a long time ago, that one day we would no longer feel the need to own music, we would use it like a utility, like water. It seemed like a daft notion back then, and the idea that you wouldn't own it was vaguely unsatisfying. For some reason, it seemed important to own the music.

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