Posted by I0TA - February 14th, 2017
Culture jamming lives in us!
Example of détournement in art could be graffiti (King Robbo), culture jamming (Banksy), and in music there are anarcho-pop (Chumbawamba), art punk (No Age), and vaporwave (Macintosh Plus). These are what I call "obviously open détournement", where their satire and sarcasm are obvious.
The not-so-obvious détournement
Where does my music lie in this category? And more importantly, why is my music a form of détournement?
My music always written under some sort of message, not just theme but actual messages that try to speak to listeners. Those who first listen to my stuff will not discover them right away, but over time these messages attached to their mind. When you like my music, meaning you will sooner or later, find them. I always make sure that every time I compose a track, there is symbols and messages delivered in them.
And what does this have anything to do with détournement? Those messages are about anti-comsumerism, anti-capitalism, anti intellectual property, trying to rise social issues or served as a purpose of helping people. They are also pro-piracy and pro free and open music, because the music itself is already and always be free.
Take 2 examples of the latest tracks.
Memory Malfunction is blatanly obvious to mock the idiocy of the loudness war. The track's structure is written to satirically make a point out of mainstream electronic music, for the fight to bleed your eardrums, as GameBalance pointed out in the review.
Freefall is more cryptic. The messages are to mimic the situation of my own poverty with a slight cheerful tone. Hence I used A minor but with light-hearted chord progressions. Also to note this, but I can't help but notice most of the psybient composers came from upper class background. The track is also to jab at this, especially when I put in the description that I'm a "world class hobo composer". I mean it!
Détournement is a form of self expression. The power of an individual to humorously make comedy out of the world around them, but at the same time still able to produce art and music openly.
In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.
Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always.
Posted by I0TA - January 23rd, 2017
Mr. X has this style I wanna try. Ms. Y makes this style I love. Mrs. Z's style is what I want...
Have your own style. Make your own that you can be distinguished and uniquely from other. This does not stop at a single genre, and you should move your creativity beyond limited tunnel vision of genres. Experiment, experiment, experiment! Never stop exploring every possibility. Every different turn is a potential masterpiece. You can borrow ideas from your inspirational and favorite musicians, but turn their styles into something else. Then you are surely never stop progressing toward the talents.
The true talent doesn't come from birth, it comes from your own experience and creativity.