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 Post subject: Band selection for an Ohio stadium festival under fire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:26 pm 
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Interesting story in Ohio yesterday, about the selection process for a stadium festival.

A group of musicians, who remain anonymous for fear they would be blacklisted by the city’s booking agents, are challenging the private process for picking Lock 3 performers.

"...The problem is when you see the same acts four years in a row and you know other acts have applied. And that’s not to knock those acts [that get booked]. It’s just that others should be considered.”

Where they are concerned is in the band selection process. They want to see more transparency so cheaper (though not necessarily local) acts of a similar caliber get a fair shake or at least know what’s required of them to get hired.

Full news story here:

Move over tribute bands, local bands want a shot at playing Lock 3 this summer

 Post subject: Re: Band selection for an Ohio stadium festival under fire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:38 pm 
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That's all about what I call 'Money Music'.

A whole other world. :roll:


 Post subject: Re: Band selection for an Ohio stadium festival under fire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:59 pm 
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succinctly put, SteamAbacus ~ and I agree.

for the record, I am all-for the idea of freedom in music ~ although, without having truly given the subject much serious critical thought, there is a unique and alarming ( but overall not unexpected ) paradigm in the digital information age :

difficult to describe in some ways, it seems everyone and their brother is now a "musician". We've got thousands upon thousands of eight-to-nine year old "guitar shredders" who can play as proficiently as Frank Zappa in the technical sense, though not necessarily as tastefully or with an equal degree of artistic aesthetic (of course a matter of preference, and thus purely subjective).

We've got singers who can't carry a tune to save their life, but get recording contracts anyway, based on their looks and attitude ~ auto-tune on every note.

And then there's the music that is of, by, and for the tonedeaf. Often this includes the punishing (to me) lyrical content centred around personal pain ~ in and of itself not necessarily a bad thing ~ though here, without any poetic, introspective, philosophical, or otherwise interesting wordcraft...
... at best decidedly pedestrian ~ at worst, banal and infuriating.

And then there are those in a sub-category of the above who feel they do not need auto-tune on their vocals ~
in reality they do need it, they've been told they need it, but they carry on without it simply because they refuse to accept the fact that they cannot sing, and are validated in their delusional thinking by their huge fan following guessed it : the tonedeaf masses.

It would not be such a travesty if it weren't for the fact that this calibre of product is everywhere, whereas we cannot get a hold of copies of some of the best music ever recorded as it is either out of print following a very limited CD edition, or else it's never been digitized and vinyl copies are extinct.

Perhaps I am entirely mistaken in my perceptions regarding this, nevertheless it seems to me that in addition to the "convenience over sound-quality" mp3 industry, we must also suffer wall-to-wall mediocrity whilst the sublime masterpiece becomes more and more elusive, by dint of over-saturation in the former.

Rant over.

Long live the music of Hawkwind and compeers !!


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