Technology killed the talented star

By Hawkeye Staff

YouTube, the third most visited site on the Internet, has acquired millions of songs over its five years of existence. You can watch that concert you missed or some crazy guy sing about bed intruders.

However, music is becoming less catchy tunes and more automated noise. Almost every song I hear is at least partially made on a computer. Seeing as nine out of the top 10 Billboard R&B/Hip-hop songs contain auto-tune, I feel like I could be the next big thing with little more than a few rhymes and Garage Band. All I really need are some awesome auto-tune shenanigans, a double rainbow, and then instantly I would become an Internet superstar.

Then public approval takes place. Does every song need to have three minutes of crap and then get shot nine times? Should all music come from a sweet treadmill video or should it be about stickin’ it to the man?

Music itself doesn’t seem to change much. Most indie bands sing about “that one girl.” Those down home country guys and gals only seem to sing about being dumped or saving a work animal by riding a cowboy.

One last big genre stands: Rap. My friends and I still debate whether or not it’s music and not just some very serious slam poetry. Some people use it to relax but some 9-year-old telling you that she whips her hair back and forth doesn’t seem to get me out of my seat and onto my feet.

After you hit the bass and start bumpin’ where do you go from there? I’ve heard rap songs with a singer so censored and auto-tuned that you can’t even understand it. Some songs are so degrading it can’t even be played over public radio.

But people’s choices will always be their own, and no matter how often you tell your best friend “Dear god, stop listening to Basshunter” they may still listen to what they want. It’s all just noise though, it’s up to us to decide what’s good. Hopefully good music will refer to requiring actual talent.