Has Rock Music Become Too “Formulative?”

A formula is something we remember from chemistry class; if you have the formula, you could solve the equation. Formulas take out the magic in many things simply because it has become routine. Routines are a big no-no in creative, and rock is having its own routine.

Simplistic beats made up the form of the early rock genres, from those in Black Sabbath to Iron Maiden. These beats made you want to swing your hip ala Elvis, or bang your head in response to the steady rhythm that raises the pulse. These simplistic beats today have turned complicated, with more musicians interested in the genres of rock and metal using their musical knowledge to create something diverse.

While it achieves its magic and precision, and it is a treat to listen to them, the feeling that every note you listen to is pre-determined and calculated is what makes today’s rock and metal music more predictable, or if not predictable, then easily calculable .

Another note is that modern technologies help “clean up” the raw sound of a guitar, bass or drum part. Sometimes, and several musicians like me could attest to this, the human errors are what makes many instruments sound alive. They make records fun to listen to because the music was made by a human indeed.

Rock music had become more formulated because of the alignments in many phrases, the formulas used to express a certain guitar solo or passage. While alignment and symmetry is attractive, it eats away at the very core of rock music, which is the simplistic, natural vibe and strong emotions that go when listening to them.

Queen’s We Will Rock You Musical Closes After a Decade of Shows

With 12 years in its pocket and 4,600 performances viewed by a total of 6.5 million people, Queen’s “We Will Rock You” musical, which makes use of rock band Queen’s songs, will have its final show this year and finally close down. The longest running show at the Dominion Theatre in Edinburgh, it will have defeated Grease, which the theatre featured during 1993 to 1996 and had been performed to at least 15 million.

“We Will Rock You” opened in the theatre on May 14, 2002. The musical was directed by Christopher Renshaw, choreography by Arlene Philips. The Cast include Nigel Planer and Kerry Ellis.

The musical is set in 2032, where a young, rebellious teenager in 2302 seeks the “Holy Axe” and “Lost Riff” in a world that has no real music.

Upon its release, the musical received mixed reviews. Some critics said that the musical portrayed how Queen’s music could inspire grandiose and powerful settings and production albeit being expensive. Others said that it was an “adolescent and pathetic piece of work that dreads for hours.”

Despite its low critical reviews, audiences continued to flock the musical.

Queen’s music, along with its iconic performer Freddy Mercury, had become famous during the 70s for their powerful performances and the introduction of Broadway-like passages to then-classic rock music.

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Avoiding Compensation Claim Troubles: Keep the Music Down When You Drive

My cousin may have had a hard time getting compensation for a busted elbow and pair of ribs, but he exorbitantly helped the UK courts know that loud music or vehicle nuisance could be a reason for claiming for car accident compensation.

It happened this way: my cousin was on his way home from work during 5AM in the United Kingdom. You probably know about vehicles which have booming basses which play so loud they ram through vehicle windshields and windows. This one vehicle hit my cousin and it ran away quickly.

Luckily for my cousin, the police also captured the vehicle for nuisance due to the loud vehicle stereos. After he got hit, a pedestrian called an ambulance and he recovered in a few weeks. Police who reported had tied his incident to the rushing vehicle with the loud booming music.

However, during the time for compensation claims, the offender’s legal representative said that my cousin was at fault because he was crossing the street when the vehicle ran him over. His no win no fee claim expert said that the other party is still at fault because it is the only cause of my cousin’s injury, something that the police agreed with as in conjunction with frustrated manslaughter in case the offender did not provide compensation.

It took a gruelling process of presenting evidences before the offender finally provided £30,000 in damages including loss of wages for my cousin.

Keeping an Open Mind in Listening to Rock Music

Rock music will continue to be a staple of the world’s music. Many of us may be coming from alternative rock, pop rock or light rock, but rock has more genres than ever before. What Elvis started as a hip-swinging type of dance music became something that allowed me to bash my head against the wall and my body against other people who enjoy the music like me. However, the problem is that some of us become elitist when listening to our favourite genre.

It is understandable when you want to raise the value of the genre you’re listening to. If you’re for 80’s glam rock, you would indubitably invite your friends to listen to the genre. However, when you’re still in high school, it is unsurprising that you would tell your friends 80’s glam is better than today’s form of rock music.

However, this high-school behaviour had actually risen to the fan level. Even the most mature fans will always say the time rock, or metal, during their time were the best. When an 80’s glam band decides to become thrash, the fan in the second paragraph will predictably condemn them automatically because of this particular culture.

You can say that it is because of trend; that fans will associate a certain band for their signature sound, feature or even clothing will make any change blasphemous.

However, the evolution and love for the music could cultivate even more if fans and artists continue to accept the new ideas of the younger generations in the formation of rock music, and any gender in particular.

It takes an open mind to make new discoveries, which give way to new ideas.

Why Rock Would Suck Without Its Loudness

Rock music had become something different in its early days of rock and roll. People were not used to the simplistic, rhythm and groove-driven note progressions and beats. Today, its beat becomes harder as it pulsates with blasting kick drums, bass and gruellingly-technical guitars that give you more notes than you could chew.

 

Rock music’s evolution and feel evolves as more emphasis on the beat is given, and in simple audio production terms, loud compression allows for further excitement of the ears to simulate a live experience on a recorded album.

Early rock recordings, namely hard rock, during the 70s and towards the 80s, sounded very different in terms of loudness. Compression was a way to avoid having clipping in many old recordings. Today, it is used as an effect to “bind” together a track’s dynamics, which will increase its volume.

According to audio producers, especially those in the past, killing the dynamics of an entire mix through loud compression is something that can be tiring to the ears of a listener and makes the music sound flat. But rock music is supposed to be loud right?

For the average listener, flatness and other audio technicalities is not always a problem. If it is loud, then it has to be loud. Early rock recordings are underappreciated because they weren’t loud enough for their listeners. Rock would definitely suck without good compression, else how would anybody hear the bass guitar?

Cat Stevens Picked for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Cat Stevens said that he appreciated very much how people liked his music because it came as a surprise to him to be inducted into the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He will be sharing his seat with Kiss, Black Sabbath and other famous bands and musicians who had played and will remain classic for years to come.

Cat Stevens, also known as Yusuf Islam, said that he never thought of having a position in the Hall of Fame, let alone be “shaking hands with Kiss’ lead singer. However, he felt honoured. He said that anything not music-related in the music business is something else to him. He said that even without the reward, he would continue to create music because the entire activity is the reward in itself.

He also said that he wishes he could make it to the awarding ceremony, given his own performance schedules to take care of. He admits that the Hall of Fame was “another world” to him and that his music is not quite “Rock and Roll”.
Cat Stevens also announced that he will be making a new album and that his faith in Islam coincides with his singing career

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Black Sabbath Bassist Admits He Wrote Tony Iommi A Song About His Cancer

Geezer Butler, bassist of Black Sabbath, said that he wrote a song about Tony Iommi and his battle about cancer. The title of the song “Hanging By A Thread” talked much about dying and “passing one’s spirit” over to the other side. According to Butler, he was very concerned about how his bandmate would survive his ordeal. The track was never included in Black Sabbath’s new album named “13”.

Butler said that after losing enigmatic former Black Sabbath frontman and solo rock star Ronnie James Dio to cancer in 2010, he felt that Tony Iommi could be in for the worst. He said that it might not be possible for Tony to recover from his cancer. He was still reliving the memories of Dio’s quick passing after his diagnosis, from which Dio died shortly after the Diagnosis.

However, he is relieved to see Tony recovering from his cancer following his treatments. Tony Iommi was also recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Coventry University following his strong recovery. The award was for his great contribution to popular music and being one of the founding fathers of heavy metal.

Black Sabbath’s new album, 13, had won Album of the Year and given the Living Legend Status by the Classic Rock “Roll of Honour” Awards for 2013.

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How to Work Effectively With a Mis Sold PPI Claims Expert

Payment protection insurance is a policy designed to repay your loans and other financing in case you get sick or have an accident. But if you do not need it, you need to make a PPI claim to recover your premiums. However, banks can continue to pester you by delaying the refunds due to you. If this is the case, you will need to work with a PPI claims expert.

1. Ministry of Justice
Every claims management company has a Claims Regulation Number that indicates the MOJ regulates their activities. A claims management company under regulation is trustworthy to be given all necessary information including confidential ones that will benefit your PPI claim.

2. Working Distance
It is always possible to email, call or text your claims manager but you will need to discuss certain details personally. Working with claims experts, such as PPIClaimBackCo.com,  that is more than an hour away from your home or workplace is never a good option, even if their deal with you is good.

3. Patience
Always remember that even if your claims expert is experienced in getting back and following-up on your claim, they will need some time before they get you the results you want. Practicing patience is key to building a better working relationship with any professional and this could not be better true with claims managers.

Yay or Nay for Music Publishing Decentralization

In all my years of listening and writing about music and the inspiration that drew people to it, I could not help but wonder why so many independent artists are not famous yet. The Internet is an avenue for information and accessing media that conventional sources would not provide you. In short, if you couldn’t find the artist in a record label, you could find them easy in the Internet.

Piracy lost artists and the music industry billions of dollars in album record sales, but nobody is complaining. Piracy inspired a new generation of would-be musicians that you would find in the local neighbourhood jamming in the garage, initially making noise until they forge their talent in the next few months. However, no centralized business-oriented company will understand that.

Music publishing decentralization could actually have positive and negative effects.

Positively, it promotes equal opportunities for people to choose the kind of music they want to listen to and which ones they would like to see improve. They could offer contributions to the musician or band by choice to produce better results. Musicians could charge a smaller fee for their album production and guarantee good quality without the interference of record labels who want to guarantee a sale.

Negatively, this means that most songs you will hear are from your local heroes. It would be quite difficult to know new music from other countries as it would be very impossible to reach global heights with a decentralized music system. What’s worse, if no new artist that is as good as the independent enters the record label fray, the current artists of today will be the only news left for the mainstream’s future.

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Lou Reed Was the Soundtrack to My Life – Neil Gaiman

Famous artist and writer Neil Gaiman talks about how Lou Reed’s music inspired him to create his famous works and expressed his sadness for the musician’s passing.

According to Gaiman, Reed told him in the past that some songs are just written for fun but without proper words, the lyrics cannot survive without the music. According to him, the idea behind the music was to put a novelist’s eye that puts the person to engage on such a level of intellect and enjoy the pop splendour of rock.

Gaiman said that Reed was one of the biggest influences in his works. While a songwriter might be farfetched for a graphic artist and writer, Gaiman said that the songs of Reed sang songs of alienation and despair that held no hope for the one who was singing. He also sang songs of the perfect days and nights that were few, which gave him a good sense of purpose in his works.

Gaiman expressed that Reed’s songs were stories complete with a narrative voice that was detached and not judgmental to its characters in the story.

Singer-songwriter Lou Reed died of liver disease last week in his home in New York. He was at the age of 71. He was the lead singer of the famous band Velvet Underground and was scheduled to play in the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California this year.