May 8, 1999 8:47 AM
Right now the trend in pop music is guy groups. Backstreet Boys, 98 Degress, NSync, etc. Is their popularity about over, or will it continue? What is the next big thing?
-- posted by bowar
some replies came as follows....
Sooner or later people will tire of such contrived bands. Original sounds will make there way back into the main stream.Bands like the Vines, White Stripes...are a beginning to a more pure effort.
Then there are untold talents that will find their way despite the record industry, the new internet based bands will take off.
The next big blow-up will be Psychedelic Dance!
Good guesses. Turned out to be pretty much accurate. And the last poster predicted the popularity of MGMT and that whole movement.
The last 10 years has seen an explosion of new talent. Electronic music became psychedelic...finally. And "pop" split off into millions of sub genres. The whole idea of "mashups" influenced how a new generation listened to music. Now the idea of a twangy rockabilly riff over a synth bass line and a sampled drum loop from a 1920's record seems not only possible, but quite the norm.
So, what will the next year...or ten years give birth to in the world of music? I think the whole "guitar hero, rock band" thing and the vectorization of music (through tools like www.jamstudio.com) will see music becoming ever more democratized, digitized, and ready to be reassembled with new parts to create new songs.
For instance...like the guitar part in song A as well as the vocal line in song B? Are they in two different tempos and keys? No problem...just whip out your iMash portable music studio and press the "sync songs" option. Instant new user created song. Think the guitar has too much reverb...decrease it. Sounds will not be stored as rasterized analog versions...but rather as vectored quantum digital components that can be altered on the fly.
That's my take on it all. What's yours?
Also...Im asking less what will the music business be like...and more, what will music, creatively, be like.