How Computers Ruined Rock Music

In this episode I show you the reason I believe that computers killed Rock Music.



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20 thoughts on “How Computers Ruined Rock Music

  1. Computers are around since the 70s. Rock music stopped being great and relevant in the late 2000s. The title is misleading at best.

  2. I totally agree with your points in this video. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I listened to music all the time and had several friends who played instruments and were in bands. Back then, musicians had to have some talent, and had to practice for endless hours to get good enough to even go out and play in bars. Now, with all the electronics, they can cover up their inexperience and lack of talent with things like auto-tune and the other programs you mentioned.

  3. This video filled me with seething, impotent rage. Maybe I should go lie down. 😉

  4. We have just experienced a clipper who put our song together. Sounds like Muzak…

  5. I think it was Cory Taylor from slipknot that said to Lzzy Hale that Halestorm never sounded as good.on record as they do live. Rick you’ve pinged exactly why. They are a hard working good live band let down by lazy producers.

  6. Isn’t it just an en Massie choice by producers/engineers? I’d have to say it’s over produced and apparently lazy. Too much formulaic production killed the better aspects of great songs. But now most pop sellers are rap with lots of auto tune. Still FM radio DJs, curated streaming, or “you would like” algorithms further kill it. Just gotta find good sources.

  7. I just would take that and sample away. Make something new.
    It’s great! You can do anything with modern daws and with your own pc.
    Be creative. Do what ever you want!

  8. So then what happens when the groups go out live in concerts? Next how do we go back to un quantized music?

    Please also make list in Spotify of the songs you speak of in your videos so we can hear them. You also talk about the top of Spotify charts please make a list of the ones you said you like. Last put out a list of the music you work on. Thank keep up the good work.

  9. With very few exceptions, whenever you listen to a major release album, you should understand that it’s NEVER true to life. Never has been. You could be a purist and criticize overdubbing, cutting/splicing tape, re-amping, riding faders, compression, flange effect, plate reverb etc. None of those things were “real” outside of a studio. Engineers can absolutely use modern tools like quantizing and pitch correction to tastefully make great sounding, vibey records. Obviously, they can go overboard with it too, but no, computers didn’t kill rock.

  10. I know there is a lot of moaning in the comments and I’m only 18 so haven’t grown up listening to music that’s all on tape but something that I’ve found to be great is to record a scratch track without a metronome, then use smart tempo in logic (not sure if there’s a version in pro tools or not) to pick up the tempo of each individual bar, meaning it can sound polished and together when recording other instruments, but can still have a nice fluctuation in the overall song which can create a really nice groove and human feel (as long as that scratch track is in time!). As a solo artist it also means that people can listen to me and how I perform the song naturally, even if the drums and other instruments have been edited slightly. Hope this helps as it has been really useful to me recently.

  11. Brilliant! You’ve explained what I’ve heard. Thank you for that.
    Query: are we doing the same thing now to Pop with DAWs & – especially – with loopers?

    I’ve been thrilled to see the development of musicians as 1-man bands, building a brand & career with both tools. Death to recording labels! But I’ve grown increasingly concerned about the effect on the music as music during the pandemic. Looping makes it possible to accompany yourself on the same instrument or even others, if you’re up to that (Elise Trouw & Andres Colin have made it performance art). But the music gets boring & repetitive; it’s assembled, not played. I guess it does put an onus on the singer to emphasize the vocals & use them to generate interest, so it favours people with that skill (good, if you’ve got it) and emphasizes the songwriting & lyrics (ditto), but as you’ve pointed out, the overall effect is too quickly forgettable.
    Will we see a resurgence of bands & performances after the pandemic because it’ll bring the human element back to music?

  12. The “recording” part might have been computerized but the “writing” process didn’t died at all. You can even see rock bands literally going batshit during the writing process. And it’s the 00’s rock that started to really matter to people’s lives.

    Rock never died, it just evolved to survive.

  13. The last line says it all. Plus, using the methods you describe, you can take a bunch of guys with the right haircuts and tattoos who can barely play instruments and make them sound super tight, where if you tried to get them to all play at the same time it would sound horror show.

  14. It’s not the computers who killed rock…
    People killed rock.

    And you know what? Some people DO prefer quantized music over “human feeling”.

  15. In Covid computers have allowed me to make rock music by myself when I don’t have the luxury of playing with a band

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