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Would that such questions didn't arise.
Posted by Lindsay Beyerstein at 09:31:10 PM
in Law, Media , Music, Politics
ASCAP, Guantanamo, torture
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Royalties might be nice.
Massive damages for running their creative works' hard-earned reputrations through the most pungent type of mud might be nice.
July 12, 2008 at 02:31 AM
I recall somewhere Fran Liebowitz saying that any music that she did not specifically WANT to hear is noise. Even if it's Pablo Casals playing across the hall, it's still just noise.
When the psyops goons played music at skull-crushing volume to drive Noriega out of the Vatican embassy during Geo. Bush the First's glorious invasion of Panama, I was shocked at the incredibly shitty and embarrassingly trailer trash American playlist. I was likewise sickened when I came to understand that the sound of battle in the 21st century includes not only explosions and screams but also the execrable slop that is the preferred musical fare of the teenage boys that make up armies.
Now those boys are doing interrogations. On my behalf. With music that I hate. There is no question that music used as torture fits even the narrowest definition of torture.
As canned, and for the most part crappy, music has become almost ubiquitous, I keep wondering when there will be a backlash. When will people demand that there be an option NOT to hear music? “Press 1 for sales, press 2 for technical assistance, press 3 if you don't want to have tired, “classic rock" trash piped into your ear.” When will supermarket employee unions demand a shitty-music-free work environment? Doesn't anyone notice the absurdity of having a musical sound track to every film ever produced? Hollywood blockbuster or lathe safety instructional video, they've all got music. (Though I did actually see a film recently with no music: “4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days”. Can't recommend it enough.) Does anyone else find music that is supposed to be “relaxing” to be as soothing as chiggers?
July 12, 2008 at 07:50 AM
Just think of all the money owed to the rock musicians whose works were blasted from loud speakers to oust M. Noreaga from his quarters when his tenure became inconvenient for the US
July 14, 2008 at 03:50 PM
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