Of all the types of music out there, there a few controversial types that are still to be considered whether it’s really music or not. One of them is rap- can really just saying out stuff be considered music? The other is remixes- can getting a piece of music that already exists and shuffling and editing it around be considered creating music?
To be honest, I don’t really listen to these two types of music much. But I have a friend here named Yeab Guracha whose whole life revolves around it. I’m pretty sure he listens to rap daily and not only that, he even does his own remixes. Just check out his SoundCloud: Yeab Guracha SoundCloud.
What Mr. Guracha does is actually pretty cool. For instance, one time he went to the LAX Airport and pretty much recorded random sounds happening around the airport. Then, he went back home and with a couple of friends edited it. He took out sounds he liked and rearranged them so that it actually sounded like music. Perhaps maybe one downside was that it took months to complete but I am pretty sure it was worth it for him.
When he asked me to check out his music, I have to be honest- at first I was pretty reluctant. Again, I don’t listen to these music that often. But being a friend and all, I forced myself to listen, and here’s something about this music that I realize is unique. It’s not catchy at first “glance.” I mean, it’s almost pretty monotone much of the time, almost as if someone was just droning on. However, if you listen closely, there seems to be a sort of hidden beauty- for instance the places where it’s edited and also the instrumentals being used. Basically, the beauty is hidden- and sadly, for a short-attention-span world like ours today, most of this beauty won’t be appreciated and will be missed out.
And I also want to make a comment on remixes- it reminds me of Marcel Duchamp’s anti-art. Marcel Duchamp came up with the concept of a ready-made — where he took say a urinal, turned it upside down, and called it art. Duchamp wanted to rebel against the fact that art is something that’s visually appealing by creating art that provoked thought instead of visual pleasure. And more specifically, he wanted to provoke the thought of what art really is.
This is what I feel from remixes- they challenge the thought of what music really is. But with Yeab, I feel he takes it a step farther, cause his music is not that auditory appealing initially. However, the lyrics in it and the instrumentals involved and even the editing involved provokes some thought. In a sense, Mr. Guracha is rebelling against the popular mainstream meaning of good music being nice to hear, as I can see also when he tells me he doesn’t like Macklemore, Rihanna, or other famous popular musical artists that much.
And I asked Yeab once why he makes music such as these remixes, and his response:
So why do I make music? I make music because it satisfies some fundamental desire to find patterns in the chaos of our everyday existence. The harmonic movement of musical sounds through space in a uniquely familiar way is pleasing to both my mind and body. It’s a little pretentious, but I think I have something interesting and worthwhile to say with music. Its easy expressing myself through it because it’s a universal language that brings people together, and I’m totally into all of that hippie shit… just kidding… but anyway, when I sit down and write a song, I am pouring my soul, my thoughts, and sometimes my secrets into it. Music has always been a great release for me, and needless to say, one of my biggest passions in life. I don’t mind if other people listen to my music, but if they like it or hate it, is of no concern to me; as long as I can fix whatever is flawed in the making and I am happy with it. The music industry, like so many others, is filled with people wanting money, fame, or whatever. This leads to people making music for the wrong reasons. Real musicians, in my opinion, don’t care wether they are playing in front of an arena, or in an empty bedroom- they do it for the sake of the music. That is what I think. Some people want me to go and make a name for myself but I’d rather not. If I ever sell an album, great. If I NEVER sell one, great. I love music with all my heart; I would be ashamed to cheapen it, by pursuing it for the wrong reasons. Now that I’ve poured my heart and soul upon YOU, I’d like to end with a quote from one of my favorite musicians and artists.
“When we started the band, it was because we were waiting for a sound that never happened. We got tired of waiting, and we decided to just do it ourselves.” – Mike Shinoda