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#1
Imagine one of your favourite musicians, one whose music and/or lyrics affect you on an emotional level and mean a lot to you.

Imagine if, in an interview, they reveal that all the music they write is just gibberish. They just throw words and notes together, record whatever comes out, and the public thinks it's the work of a genius. They have no connection to their own music, they're just churning out meaningless garbage to see what they can get away with. The listeners are all looking for a meaning in the music which was never there in the first place.

What would your reaction be?
Would it affect how you perceive the artist and their music?
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Wouldn't really care that much really. As long as the music's good.
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#4
Well alot of Chili Peppers stuff IS just that; crazy words phrases and sayings thrown together
Mastodon's lyrics are normally a 'story' so I might just feel disconnected to the band (but mostly just Brent)
And I already know most of Alice in Chains' really good songs were not written by Layne Staley
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Meh, I'll take it as what I get from it.
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#7
Sounds like Nirvana and Kurt Cobain?

Bob Dylan has pieced together lyrics, melodies and lines his entire career. Why would I care? It's still fantastic.
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#8
I'd be amazed at their ability to put random shit together into coherent awesomeness.
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#9
What if your favourite artist's songs were written by a computer program that takes into account their writing style, making it sound authentic, but not requiring any personal input?
#10
I don't care for the artists themselves. I only care for the music.


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#11
Then I would secretly admire his calculated nonchalance and emulate his purported nihilism.
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#12
What does it matter what the writer thinks anyway? Unless you somehow take pride in understanding the "real" meaning of the lyrics, it's pretty meaningless what the intention was.
#15
Music is no different to literature.

All those times sitting in english and analyzing texts like
"the walls of the house were blue"
and the teachers say the writer wrote it to show his deep depression at the time or the neverending sadness cast throughout because of a darkened history...
In reality the house was just painted blue and thats why the writer wrote it.

Why can't someone just write a simple piece of music without someone turning it into some crazy metaphor for substance abuse/ days gone by.
#17
It's what pop artist's are doing today,Not many seem to mind there Bullshit.
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#19
If Opeth is just random notes and words put together..

...

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#20
Wouldn't change much. I don't actually understand what my favorite band sings about anyway.
#23
IMO that is the truth.

For example Stairway to Heaven is just pretty sounds and words put together, but it works out beautifully. Looking for a deep meaning in every song you listen to is fine, it's just not going to mean the same to you as it does to those who wrote it or to other fans.
We tend to over-analyse things like this, when in reality it's usually about free interpretation, whatever you want it to mean. And that takes nothing away from the music.

Unless you mean they do it randomly without putting any effort into it, in which case it's pretty surreal, but it could mean the songwriter has simply worked out an easy and efficient mechanism they use to create music, it's still good.

Essentially, I don't care.
#24
A lot of artists string notes together. A lot of personal style comes from just doing it naturally, rather than thinking.
#25
I've thought about that. I try not to think about it, as it depresses me.
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#26
My favorite artist is Devin Townsend, and I strongly, strongly doubt he does much more than what you described.
#27
I wouldn't mind. It'd make me laugh
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Music is no different to literature.

All those times sitting in english and analyzing texts like
"the walls of the house were blue"
and the teachers say the writer wrote it to show his deep depression at the time or the neverending sadness cast throughout because of a darkened history...
In reality the house was just painted blue and thats why the writer wrote it.

Why can't someone just write a simple piece of music without someone turning it into some crazy metaphor for substance abuse/ days gone by.


This. The reason why they do it is to get good academic grades or just to seem like intellectuals.

In reality, its irrelevant to the actual story.
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What if your favourite artist's songs were written by a computer program that takes into account their writing style, making it sound authentic, but not requiring any personal input?



It's called rap.

Not all of it, of course, but a lot.
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#30
depends what im listening too... if it was kid cudi i for sure would feel maybe.. betrayed? i can relate to his music alot but if it was katy perry well **** that
#31
Wouldn't change a thing. Music is a shared experience.
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#32
I am quite sure most of RHCP's lyrics are written like that.
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#33
If any artist claims that every single word and note they have put into their song comes from a deep, dark, personal place than can only expressed through the medium of music then they are extremely pretentious.
Music, to me, more suits a mood rather than constant emotion.
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#36
Well my favorite bands are probably Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, Modest Mouse, and of Montreal, so...

I would say Animal Collective probably does this, but I really don't think they do, at least not very often. So I guess what I'm saying is I would be sort of surprised but not really.

The Flaming Lips definitely do this so I wouldn't care at all.

Bradford Cox I'm pretty sure has even admitted that a lot of Deerhunter's Cryptograms lyrics were kind of made up on the spot after the music had been written, so I'd not really care.

Modest Mouse definitely does not do this. There's no way "Styrofoam Boots" or any of The Lonesome Crowded West (besides "Shit Luck") was written like that (or the vast majority of the rest of their work).

Of Montreal probably does it about a fourth of the time, but the other 3/4ths they're not.
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#37
Came to say TS read a Beatles interview, but JackalUK beat me by several hours.. oh well.

On topic, I'm with the ones saying that people make too much of small, inconsequential details. Not really a big deal. I don't go to my music for life inspiration.
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#38
It wouldn't change the way I feel because if I connected with the music on a emotional level, then that connection had already been made.
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