a reply to: 0hlord
I think you are on to something here. Lots of artists use music, lyrics, tones, delivery and so on to communicate very specific ideas.I know that
personally give LOTS of thought to my lyrics especially, but also to their overall delivery and presentation, and how it works with or against the
music to produce a desired "effect" or reaction.
One rudimentary example would be the use of a slower vocal / lyrical delivery, over a faster beat / sequence of chords and notes, and vice versa.
Another key I have found is the use of fairly conventional or poppy hooks, with lyrics that contain double or even triple meanings. In those cases, a
listener may find themselves singing along (in the moment) to something they only really understand later on. My theory is that these devices help
penetrate the outer shell of conscious awareness or bias, in order to plant deeper seeds which may ripen down the road. Something like the number of
beats per measure, or beats per minute is also very affecting, for obvious reasons.
Of course, I don't work in and around the mainstream or "pop" music machine, so my observations are biased towards a more alternative approach. I also
enjoy subverting traditional power structures because I am not beholden to them, and I critique them at length because I owe them nothing.
That said -- I can see no reason why mainstream or pop artists wouldn't do the same. In fact -- I am certain they probably do. I think the real
question is, "is it effective?" or "does anyone really get it?" All of this merely scratches the surface of what a songwriter can do with composition.
Once you start manipulating sound frequencies in certain ways you start to see that -- songwriting aside -- the production of a finished work is also
communicating a message of sorts to the listener, as a separate thing entirely from the content of the music or lyrics and the performance.
Finally -- there is definitely an interest in both the pop and alternative music genres in the imagery of con-theory, secret societies, transhumanism,
and the battle between opposing elemental forces; -- dark / light, good / evil, angel / devil, and so on. Some artists explore these dichotomies from
a place of genuine interest, or to ask genuine questions, while others use popular (edgy) content in a very shallow or superficial way, in an effort
to "give the people what they want," in spite of their own beliefs or interests.
It is those kinds of artists, in general, and mere singers of other peoples songs in particular, who run the risk of mental breakdown or spiritual
infestation when they dabble in various occult strategies and tricks. If you aren't in sync with your own message, you cannot maintain a sense of
balance or congruity in your presentation, let alone your actual life, outside of performing. This disharmony is, as far as I can tell -- the root of
most of the churn in the pop / performer world, as most normal human beings cannot maintain a clinical detachment from their art while simultaneously
living a pretense of passion, belief or intention.
I suspect the same thing eats at and often kills actors as well, if they aren't very careful to return completely to "known space" once their time as
a particular character is through.
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