A few months ago, Open Culture posted a couple videos of Nirvana and Radiohead songs that have been modified by a digital tinkerer named Oleg Berg. I was particularly curious about the “Creep” one.
What interests the author of the article (Josh Jones) is that Berg has reversed the modes of these songs. The Nirvana tune used to be minor. Now it’s major. The Radiohead tune used to be major. Now it’s minor.
Fun fact: the whole band giggles whenever Jonny tries to roller-skate.
After Jones observes that the original minor key of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is “an essential vehicle” for its anxiety and rage, he notes that the Radiohead song does something a little more complicated. Continue reading “Interesting ruination of Radiohead’s “Creep””
There are two reasons I am bringing up Peter Wolfendale here. One is that I was just reminded of him when I noticed that a fellow named Louis Morelle has recently applauded Wolfendale in an article titled “The Trouble With Ontological Liberalism.” Wolfendale, the confident anti-follower of Graham Harman, need no longer proclaim in a published book that his voice has been silenced, since it echoes unchanged in the hills of France.
My second reason has to do with my own project in musicology. At a baby shower in Brooklyn some time ago, I met a philosophy graduate student who had glanced through Wolfendale’s article “The Noumenon’s New Clothes.” He said he thought it did a good job, even though he was not up on speculative realism. (In other words, the article plays its role well for non-readers of its target.) “Very rigorous,” he said, and did I know it was expanded into a whole book? I was appreciative. I wanted and still want to avoid writing a dissertation that applies object-oriented ontology (OOO) to musicology without incorporating some good criticism. My own evaluation of what it does and doesn’t do for musicology would then get strong support…
Ce n’est pas un cliché banal. Continue reading “Musicology and Peter Wolfendale”
Two recent videos on film music make nice companion pieces and cry out for more commentary.
1) Tony Zhou (Every Frame a Painting) recently put up a video about bleh music in blockbuster films. The video is ostensibly about Marvel Universe music, but Zhou really means big budget action movies from the past decade or so.
2) Dan Golding has responded. He extends his thoughts to film music in general.
I’ll address each of these and see if they can be reconciled.
Continue reading “Creative Unoriginality–Two Videos on Film Music”