Originally Posted by ambientgreg
I'm your same age. What I mean by "American Popular Music" is music who's roots come from New Orleans because of the slave trade,and music that grew out of European cultures but was born here - blues,jazz,country,rock, rap,gospel- and all of their derivatives have stood up,introduced themselves,said what they had to say...over. Now what we see is people trying to replicate those things in some way because that's what they think they're supposed to do. You can see and hear the weakness of it.
I do see some people here and there experimenting and pushing to search for a new sound,and that's good,very good, but I recognize it as experimentation and not the introduction of a new form of music. Yet.
Ah, gotcha. Yeah, I'm not one for traditional forms much, but it gets tricky to tell when experimenting turns into a bona fide new form. I guess that's for others to decide? I'm a sucker for a catchy melody, though, but that may be too traditional of an idea to be considered a new form. I don't know.
Going back to the '80s and '90s, I remember listening to Einsturzende Neubauten, Laibach, and Throbbing Gristle and other "bands" like that thinking that they were doing something completely new, and they were, but while cool, ominous and scary, it wasn't exactly melodic most of the time. Young Gods did pretty well working in a lot of those new noises and approaches, but there was still a song structure there most of the time.