- 12 Feb 2021 11:30
"Bear in mind that the iPod only really took off in 2005. That seems like a massive threshold, doesn't it? We can barely believe it's only five or six years ago that that happened. With the emergence of MP3s, peer to peer, et cetera; the (virtual) end of CDs - that's a massive change in consumption and distribution of music that's happened over the last ten years. Yet, at the level of content of culture, rather than of the form in which we consume it, there's a massive deceleration.
Forms of music would emerge in the 90s that were sonically unimaginable only a short time before. Something like Jungle Drum n Bass, even a year or two before it actually emerged, you couldn't have conceived of anything like that, and when it actually emerged, it was a sudden eruption and a rush of the future coming in. There were a whole succession of these developments in the 90s. You struggle to find anything of that sort in the 21st Century.
The mainstream in popular music had been slowing down for some time, perhaps, but it was possible to ignore that. For instance, in the UK, we had the miserable spectacle of things like Britpop, in the 90s. You know, that pathetic attempt to pretend it was the 60 again, and all of that horror... that was going on in mainstream culture, but there was an alternative to it, which you could cling onto in the 90s. The problem in the last decade is that those places where you would go for an alternative to mainstream retrospection and kitsch have themselves become subject to entropy. It's not that nothing's happening in these zones, but it's happening in a much smaller way, and a much less dramatic way."
- Mark Fisher, DOCH Lectures
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