At 7/9/12 08:20 PM, RampantMusik wrote:
Exactly. His production value. Production is a part of the process, like mixing and mastering, but it is not part of the writing process.
This I agree with. That is, I make the distinction. I know of and have had the pleasure of discussing with composers of previous generations who grew up without computers & the internet, and as such have absolutely 0% production value, but they are incredible musicians and write truly deep and harmonically complex music played by orchestras or other ensembles globally. Unless of course we count notation and orchestration skills as production value :)
It may not help conceptually to divorce production from musicality when creating a work that is meant to be a piece of audio and intrinsically combines both, with an art in each, but practically it helps not to rely on one or the other to deliver a musical message if your goal is a piece of audio. IMO it's worse to rely on production, but that doesn't seem to be the general public's opinion on things. :S
Truthfully, you have to know what you're getting into with any kind of electronic music, where in 90% of cases and sub-genres, production value IS king over musicality, and there's nothing wrong with that, so long as it doesn't claim to contain the world's greatest musicians. This is a genre that revels in the pleasures of its sound, the satisfying punch of well-engineered drums, or the massive spacey atmosphere of a pad, or the ability to shake the bones of a thousand ravers with heavy sub-bass you feel miles away. However...
His 'drops' are notes that can be written? I'm talking about actual, written sheet music. As a reminder for you, I've posted below "actual, written sheet music." I'd love to see you try and write out one of Skrillex's "non-epileptic bass seizures" (hey, you said I can't call them "drops") in this form.
Please, if you take the position of musical authority, don't act as if there have never before been absurd challenges for notating music, or say that it's impossible to develop new systems of such for new music! Case in point, the following scan of a Stockhausen score. Of course, there are more possible examples beyond this too.