February 10, 2007

Fucktard Of The Week...

by Chris Randall

I normally try to avoid the RP.com site, but sometimes I just can't drive by that car-wreck without slowing down to see if there's blood on the highway.

Now, before you read this, a word to the wise: if you've never worked in the actual music industry in London, NYC, or L.A., (and I don't mean a weekend laptop gig at the Dragonfly, but actual session work) this is going to be outside your realm of experience, and thus uninteresting. If you have, you'll know immediately that this Urban Myth Of The Music Industry is just a steaming pile of bullshit. But it'll be good for a belly laugh.




Feb.11.2007 @ 12:35 AM
The "story" is one thing. Those comments are something else. Damn, this is painful shit. What's next? The E-MU Proteus killed off the dinosaurs?

Feb.11.2007 @ 2:06 AM
Well, I don't know anything about the strength of the UK musicians union in the early 80s. Just that there was a lot of DX-7 in Chess and a bunch of Prophet 5 in Cats.

Feb.11.2007 @ 1:45 PM
Once during the 80's, a DX7 pulled my grandma out of a buring car and pissed out the fire.

Feb.11.2007 @ 5:02 PM
I was IN the UK Musicians union in the 1980's....whats a DX7?

Feb.11.2007 @ 5:47 PM
I can't possibly know the validity of the story, as I was in grade school in the U.S. during the "DX7 Revolution"...

I do know that electronic instruments or samples are used for a lot of orchestral tracks in commercials, TV programs, etc., that much is undeniable. You can buy the equipment needed to produce electronic orchestrial music that 99% of the people won't know is not fake, for less that it would cost for even one session of a full orchestra. If you are doing a direct to cable horror film, a radio commercial for a local pet supply franchise, etc., you don't need to hire an orchestra (and it would be stupid to do so). I even saw a consumer video editing product a while back that will randomly generate orchestral scores and audio for your home movies - you simply supply the mood (horror, adventure, joyous, sad, etc.), and select the scenes, and it will generate the music synced to your scene cuts... and from the demos it sounded way better than you would expect (I would say good enough for very low budget television and movie studd).

But I wouldn't say the DX7 was the first electronic instrument to do this. I have been listening to 1930s sci-fi and horror radio programs lately, and already at that time a live orchestra was being replaced with a single organ player for the low budget programs... and some of the higher budget programs went to using recorded music on a vinyl record (recorded specificly for the program), in order to avoid using a full orchestra live in-studio. Technology has always been about replacing labor intensive processes with cheaper automated processes... music isn't an exception to this.

So, the story holds a grain of truth, even if it is not true.




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