Re: HIP HOP
Yesterday I was hanging out with a young rello, who is getting interested in doing mixes. He's very keen on hip hop and referred to a particular style he likes best but I forgot the name (I can't keep up with all the micro genres these days).
It was fascinating watching him with his laptop, trying different ways mixing and matching things around in Traktor and trying to make sense of FL Studio. In the late 80s I did a some home recording with sequencers and drum machines on a Portastudio. Watching him do that stuff (and our engineer with Protools for that matter) made me think of how much I would have loved that level of control in the old days.
Digital is amazing and I can understand the attraction. Personally, I'd like equal emphasis put on the compositional side but *shrugs*. In spirit I see a lot of hip hop and techno as a continuation of the garage band ethos where traditional musical skills are largely replaced by sheer desire to create and express (and in the case of new music, tech smarts). I think there will always be a side to the musical scene that moves in that direction, just as another side will push the boundaries towards greater mastery. And you get a masterful player like Jojo with his "reverse engineering" ... the hip hop drummers I've seen have all been skilled players, even if the style isn't for me.
Grandmaster Flash's The Message blew me away with its freshness and passion when it first came out. But when it comes to hip hop I kind of stopped there :) ... although I like the passion and catchiness of Loose Yourself.
In the end, if we don't enjoy certain styles it's easy enough to change the channel or just put on something that floats your boat. I certainly wouldn't expect youth culture to be catering for my retro tastes and I'd be a bit disappointed in them if they did.