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Out of Towner: Techno – No, no!

Hello again everybody! I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me (I know most of you are happy about that), but since I have not had a second to review any of the new CDs that came out recently, I decided I could at least write about my main pet peeve I have for some of the music being produced nowadays.  I want to apologize in advance to all the experts who are so adept at programming such music, since it is a talent, and I don’t want to take away from that, however, I don’t think it has a place in the same room or studio as real music.

I HATE the techno and synthesized music that’s become popular on many CDs. I know it costs much less, but there’s a reason why! It’s not real!!!!!! I want to hear real trumpets, real drums, not the synthesized stuff that that just doesn’t sound real. I understand and support it by weddings, as it costs much less and it’s not worth it for someone to go into hock for one night (even though the quality of sound is incomparable, the amount full bands are charging today in most cities around the US, it’s something that has to be understood and respected). Truth be told, if someone is truly being mesameach chosson v’kallah, it shouldn’t make any difference what type of band is playing or which song is being played either, but I digress.

As it’s been written about before on JMR, there is a serious investment made by anyone producing a CD, and I feel the extra investment is worth it to use the real thing and sound genuine. I don’t find it to be a “cool” sound, and it grates on my ears. I know that working in a studio affords a lot of editing to be done, so the sound and result is never going to be 100% genuine.  The reason that is done,  is because there’s a big difference between you hearing someone sing at a wedding, and even if you spot the mistake, it’s gone forever, and listening to a CD over and over and picking up the mistake each and every time you listen to it. It is true that the techno music has its popularity in the “real” music world, but that doesn’t mean that it’s enjoyable to listen to or that it’s better than the real thing. It’s a gimmick, and annoying to me. I know I can’t stop it, unless I produce my own CD (if anyone has an extra $30,000 lying around that they don’t know what to do with, I can put it to good use), but when I hear a song with techno music, I forward my iTunes to the next song, because it’s unlistenable.

So what do you think about this?

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