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    it used to be that if you wanted to be be a noted musician, you had to be truly excellent. then music became recordable and to become famous you had to be very good, but not as good. but as long as publicizing music was tedious and expensive you only had good music being released…but now, when any loser with a computer and a mixer can make a CD it seems like people are just forcing out music and sticking it in a shiny package


    I used to think the same until I listened to the “nostalgia” channel on a certain Jewish music portal. Even tracks I remember from when I first became frum, which is about when recording technology started to advance rapidly, really don’t have the sound of today’s music.

    However, indeed, it does make it easier for mediocre singers to force out a disk, and for better singers to force out mediocre disks just to stay in the limelight. With the radio stations and samplers, though, there is no reason to buy a substandard release or an album that is not for you. In the end, the substandard stuff falls to the clearance rack anyway.


    Hi soliek.

    You got that right.

    Tzion Nugent, a famous guitarist, said it well: (paraphrase) Back in the day, people practiced their instruments for years until they mastered them, and then the delivered the goods.

    It’s not like that anymore. In fact, Yirmayahu-Z, a rapper, had the chutzpah to say musical instruments are no longer needed.

    The world of music is not music without the piano, guitar, violin, saxophone, drums, clarinet, etc..etc.


    soliek, you’re right, but it goes both ways. With the ever-increasing ease of putting out music, unknown artists, that HAVE talent, can get noticed more easily, when they couldn’t have in earlier decades. So while there may be more “garbage” (for lack of a better word), there’s the same amount of undiscovered musical talent. You just have to look for it.

    Also, in my opinion, being a famous musical artist/ singer does NOT necessarily mean you are a great and talented artist/singer. Look at the pop music industry right now. The vast majority of them, IMO, have very little talent, and are only famous for other reasons, whereas most classical/jazz artists are unknown, yet possess an incredible amount of talent.


    Soliek: The same thing has happened with authors and Seforim. Paper used to be valuable enough that your Sefer had to be accepted by everyone and really good to be circulated. Now anyone can get a few thousand dollars and a friend with an in with a publisher and they can throw a new Sefer out there.

    ED IT OR

    technology ruined the profits in music

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