lurk Posted April 17, 2007 Share Posted April 17, 2007 i've just been reading the AMD album review thread and most responses were pretty positive, apart from one. this person said it wasn't innovative, therefore it wasn't good. now, i just don't get this. what i loved about AMD was the fact that it was back to basics psytrance with top quality, intricate production, which didn't pretend, or even try, to be anything else. which is refreshing in itself these days. am i the only one who appreciated it for this reason?. why is the psytrance scene so obssessed with innovation, and what do they mean by it? for me, there are two types of innovation. first, stylisitic innovation which basically involves borrowing bits from other genres. this often doesn't fit or detracts from a tune and is often used by artists in a seemingly desperate way in order to make themselves stand out from the crowd, or more commercially appealing (infected and skazi are the best examples of this imho). the other type is technological innovation which is obviously limited by the speed at which the software and hardware developers can come up with it, and also the affordability and availability of these products. in any case, good psytrance producers seem to be well up on all the latest production techniques and methods. i don't think there is another music scene where artists are under such pressure to "innovate". just sticking to dance music, drum n bass sounds the same to me now as it did 10 years ago, as does hard house, for example, and you never hear the people who listen to it complaining about this. if it's banging and "'avin it" and it works well on the dancefloor they're happy. why aren't happy with this? or are we, and am i just spending too much time reading the anoraks of the internet? surely, so long as it sounds unique within the genre and isn't indeterminable from every other release we should be happy... using AMD as an example again, this album manages that, what more do we want? if someone wants more than that, perhaps they should just give up on psytrance and move on to new pastures, because it's clear that psytrance isn't going to do it for them anymore. having said all this, there is one type of innovation this scene desperately needs more of, and that is in a unique style/sound for each artist. it seems that when an artist becomes popular, there are hundreds of wannabees who try and copy the successful style, and many others who actually want to release it, so in the end the scene is flooded with GMS clones, or Protoculture clones, or whatever, and not only does this become boring for the punter (full-on psytrance is only just recovering from the protoculture phenomanen imho) it also usually ends up killing off the act that starts it. i'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts on this 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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