Originally Posted by Mans
Maybe this will get my point across. The track below requires little more playing ability than of a cat that happens to walk across a piano keybed. Tracks like this don't happen away from your gear, they happen when you're highly involved with it, right there in the studio twisting knobs.
No playing ability required - check
No musical training / knowledge required - check
Gear + knob twisting required - check
Is it music? Is it sound manipulation and experimentation? - Hard to say which but I'd lean more towards sound sound manipulation and experimentation.
Because (to me at least) the definition of music is closer to the traditional understanding of the term, ie, something that involves musicians, instruments (acoustic or electronic) and a rudimentary knowledge of harmony, structure and melody.
This particular Plastikman track doesn't appear to display many of those qualities. There isn't any particular skill involved in making a similar offering either although of course it does require the artist to "express" him or herself with their equipment.
It's not dissimilar to what Tracy Emin is to art vs say somebody like Picasso.
Whilst a chimpanzee + paint + paintbrush can create similar or superior "modern art" to Emin, Emin would be incapable of creating similar or superior art to Picasso due to her lack of ability and training.
To me this track is gold, to you it may be shit. But give it some time, it starts out slow, you just might like it.
That's fair enough, we all have our own ideas about what music is or isn't and what we like and what we don't like as much. My own opinion is that thus far, despite my best efforts, I have failed to understand or grasp the significance of the work being done by this or similar artists because imo it can easily be replicated by anybody and requires little effort or ability to do so. The work doesn't display any particular song design / structure, it is highly repetitive and monotonous, it lacks traditional elements of music making. Hence, to me it's more of an experimental or perhaps self-indulgent type work.
Then again, perhaps I'm mistaken or "stuck in the past" with "the old skool ways of doing things" or sumfink lol. Who knows