Producer Rages Against Performance-Enhancing Technology: 'Music Is Being Destroyed Because Human Element Is Edited Out'

The "bass players are useless c-nts" man speaks the truth!

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The man who brought us a vivid explanation on why bass players are "useless c-nts" has spoken again, this time around focusing on the way technology is destroying music, despite its good sides.

The guru's name is Glenn Fricker, and the only way to truly get the message he's trying to convey is to check out the clip below.

Bashing everyone and everything from Guitar Pro to Autotune and Beat Detective, Mr. Fricker took a stance that "technology has taken the place of talent," resulting in "bland, stale, and 'technically perfect'" recordings. The focal point of the clip - "The fans deserve better!"

You can hardly disagree with the latter statement, so if you're up for some quality raging, Asking Alexandria ripping, as well as bashing of "lazy" producers and musicians, the video below is a must-see. Check it out, now!

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    Honey Badger
    Rage Against the Performance-Enhancing Technology?
    replica_ · Jul 28, 2014 09:09 AM
    Velcro Man
    What people (usually guitarists, especially rock/metal guitarist) don't seem to grasp is the fact that there are two very distinct facets of music you can enjoy: the sound and the performance. Most people just listen to music to hear good music, they don't give a **** how it's made, which isn't exactly wrong. The other part is the performance, hearing and seeing people actually PLAYING these pieces in new and different ways (or just nailing classics for the **** of it) and the fans of this are usually musicians. It's kinda like food and how some people enjoy it better when they know it's "home cooked" or something. Music itself isn't any better just because the writer doesn't perform it, I mean, most people that DO perform only perform one ****ing part. I love the performance aspect, but I also realize it's not the only thing that's important or even the most important. I'm a massive fan of video game music, classical music and so on so I can appreciate epic music even if some dude isn't wiggling his fingers extra swiftly.
    I think what you're not getting is that the sound aspect is better if you work hard and actually get it right, instead of just getting it "good enough" and cleaning it up later.
    Velcro Man
    No, it sounds exactly equal if you play it on a guitar or put in into a synth.
    Except, you know, it doesn't...because those are 2 completely different instruments...
    Velcro Man
    Equal as in equally good, because "good" is a subjective term, not the same exact sound for **** sakes. It's EQUAL, one doesn't somehow sound better than the other, the idea is idiotic.
    No man, it doesn't.
    Velcro Man
    Yes "man" it does, someone playing an instrument live does not instantly make it sound better or cleaner, in fact, programming will always be superior because it doesn't have the human element to be slightly off, even if it is absolutely tiny.
    That doesn't mean that programmed sound will actually sound better either. In fact, that's a major concern these days with certain rock and metal; that using certain programmed techniques causes a certain sterility sound-wise.
    Velcro Man
    The term "sterile" has always been one to make me scoff, what does it mean? It's literally only applied to gear that's not made in the same style as 1950s bullshit. If by "sterile" you mean "cleaner" I don't see how that's a bad thing at all. Also, I'm more referring the the superior pitch control of a computer, no matter what, a guitar is going to be somewhat out of tune and vibratos and bends will NEVER be completely perfect. The human element will always result in various error, no matter how small.
    Totally agree with you Velcro Man. And when it's easier to make decent sounding music nowadays, more people can get their music to the world and show their pieces without the need to be the most technical musician in the world. But if bands record was good and you go to see them live and they suck, that's a different thing.
    I've recorded an album with him! Never knew he'd ever make the front page of UG, great guy, congrats Glen! edit: you guys are taking him way too seriously, the man's got an opinion and has made a few videos prior to this one that bashes on other things like bassists and whatever else you're all crying about, and it's all for humor! I was a bassist on an album he recorded, and am not one bit offended, the guy's straight up and damn hilarious; get over it and just have a damn laugh!
    It's true. Without "blue" notes music is plastic and boring
    I agree, but there's a difference between "blue" notes and bad singing or out-of-tune.
    Here's a novel thought: If you're a bad singer who can't record without auto-tune, you should get the f*ck out of the music industry.
    Ben Hobson
    Given what he said about bass players his opinion means nothing to me. It's not about the technology, it's about the artist and producer themselves and what they do using the technology. It's still possible to keep that human element; I always make sure I do. It's down to the person, not the tech.
    I think he's just referencing a joke from one of his other videos to be fair, he doesn't really think that about bass players....
    Eh **** all that, autotune and samples are terrible. Many mainstream artists use autotune and when they sing live or without it they sound worse than intermediate singers, making them and the 20 or whatever songwriters just a product of business with no regards for talent or artistic expression, the only requirement is that they look good and promote a buy-able image.
    I thought I recognised this dude from, some of his thoughts are hilarious, I don't really take him seriously.
    what was the video clip at the end of the dudes rocking out and puking in the cabin? i saw that video before but i can't remember for the life of me
    woW, thank u for your opinion and now **** yourself right off... he's right and thats it
    Though it doesn't seem he has heard Ryan Martinie play the bass (for Mudvayne). Obviously there are many other examples, but I'm a fan of Mudvayne and Ryan's playing stands out the most out of all the other bands I listen to. Ryan shows that the bass guitar isn't just playing the root of the chords with some exceptions, which may be why he refers to bass players as being useless.
    Well, I sure haven't ever heard a metal enthusiast rant against pop music and auto-tune before.
    In a way, he's right. So many of these newer tech-death bands are making records that are so overproduced and over-polished that they're almost listenable. I feel like I'm listening to "computer music" with some distortion on the guitars, completely triggered drums and some guy screaming randomly. There's NOTHING heavy about it... it's just sterile and weak and boring. These days, if I want to listen to "heavy" music I'd much rather listen to 80's or 90's thrash, death and hardcore. Sure, there are mistakes occasionally, the recordings are NOT perfect but the music actually has balls and emotion and it sounds like REAL MUSIC. Technology, if used tastefully, can enhance a recording but what's happening lately is sucking the life out of music.
    I'm not a fan of these Rings of Saturn-type computery wankery bands, but if it's what they're going for then it's completely up to them. I do think it sucks that a lot of artists hop on the bandwagon in hopes to get a record deal and release derivative garbage, but it would be that way regardless of the "in" thing. Besides there's plenty of amazing bands that play with a less processed sound; stay away from the likes of Century Media and check out Dark Descent Records or the Flenser.
    Same youtube channel :
    Not sure if total hypocrite or just hypocrite.
    whether or not the guy played a part in producing their music, the fact that he promotes absolute shite like that makes his argument abit ironic. Not that I disagree with what he's saying in general though.
    He'd like my stuff. Full of mistakes. Btw theres a great documentary on bbc iplayer just now about sound city for those who can get it. Made by dave grohl. A far more intelligent perspective on this issue.
    jealousy, Then its rage against the producers, producers take bad uncreative artists, and put musical chords behind them, and make sure their mix is pro (whatever that is). Auto tune doesn't work its a trival BS. Auto tune is a high pass filter effect for fun, you still have to sing. drum triggers still need to be played well+and you wont get ear damage from a trigger kit in a rehearsal.EQ a drum kit correct and it sounds like a trigger that's what a trigger is, a gated drum sample. at best use a trigger kick pedal and acoustic everything else. Music isn't an exclusionary overly expensive low retention high attrition contact sport club. get the sound you want and go with it!! and have fun. there is a lack of creativity and passion in music. That is not the equipment that is bad tuition, bad culture, and producers cashing in on terrible pop songs even in the underground. Fast money, poser rock stars, technological dark age.
    I'm glad someone here realizes that autotune isn't some magical tool that you can put a melody into and have it come off sounding anywhere close to natural. There's probably about a 1/4 note pitch change you can make before artificials start popping in. Then those artificials are covered up using other plug-ins until BOOM generic sounding vocals. I think the problem with the music industry is it's financially failing, so they have to keep rapidly pumping out cheap repetitive hits with little to no care towards arrangement, just so that they can hopefully rack up enough cumulative sales to make a profit.
    "Auto tune is a high pass filter" And right there you completely lost any credibility that you could have had. But no, Autotune and similar pitch correction (Melodyne, etc) is not that much of a savior. It makes good performances perfect, and bad performances sound very digital.
    "fans deserve better"? Fans deserve what they are looking for, if they like that, let them be!