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Return of Kings: Contemporary classical music is like a feminist yelling about rape

Not a fan of Ludwig Van (Click on pic t see entire piano-smashing video)
Not a fan of Ludwig Van (Click on pic to see the entire piano-smashing video)

Max Roscoe, a self-described ‘aspiring philosopher king” who writes regularly for misogynistic garbage site Return of Kings, doesn’t like feminism. Or contemporary classical music.

So he’s decided to take down both of these allegedly awful things, by suggesting that they’re pretty much the same thing, if you think about it.

Modern culture tells us that short skrillex haircuts, defiling the body with metal shrapnel and inked graffiti, and massive, revolting body fat is “beautiful.” This message is so successful, that today, in the west, it is extremely difficult to find a female below the age of 25 who has not purposefully destroyed her physical beauty in multiple ways.

As this worship of ugliness has marginalized natural beauty, likewise, modern classical music teaches us that dissonant chords, out-of-key incongruous sounds, and loud, harsh noises are pleasant and desirable.  Gone are the naturally pleasing chords and intonations which music theory teaches are good. 

Damn you feminists with your blue hair and your 12-tone scales!

Also, feminists and modern classical music are both really, really repetitive.

Much as feminists do little more than repeat meaningless phrases like “Rapists cause rape” and “Still not asking for it” … instead of having a thoughtful discussion, modern classical music replaces creativity and musical complexity with repetition.

Roscoe reports with horror that he was FORCED to listen to one super-repetitive avant-garde piece this past weekend in which the same chord was played a whole bunch of times in succession. The horror!

It was like every other modern classical piece I have heard: an aural assault of dissonant noises, repetitive sounds, and unnatural rhythms….

In the piece … the same chord was repeated at least 50 times before another instrument joined in. 

Golly. How could ANYONE think that playing the same chord over and over would ever sound good? Or that deliberate dissonance might make music sound … well, a heck of a lot more rocking?

Here’s one of the examples he offers as evidence of just how laughably awful contemporary classical music is.

Really, dude? Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians? That’s a bit like using the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to prove that rock music is uncreative.

Roscoe fleshes out his argument with a segment trying and failing to show that dissonant chords are basically the musical equivalent of “deviant lifestyles.” It’s about as nonsensical as it sounds, and really just an excuse for Roscoe to rant ignorantly about trans folks, so I’m not even going to bother to quote it.

Add “music” to the long list of things that manospherans just don’t get.

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5 years ago

If you’re at all interested, Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs did some amazing scholarship on Newton’s religious and occult writings, and how they relate to his better-known work–she argues that the insights, skills, and thought patterns developed through his alchemical research made his work in physics and mathematics possible.

Dobbs herself is a pretty interesting person–a ‘mature student’ homemaker who went back to school after her kids grew up; her supervisor assigned her Newton as a topic and she ended up doing some truly ground-breaking work.

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Croquembouche of patriarchy | October 21, 2016 at 11:03 am
@Paradoxy ( may I call you that?),

Oh, absolutely! That’s fine. 😀

Poor Max is still mourning that the larva of his affection changed. How dare she get all colourful and barbed! Who cares if that’s part of growing (up)!

Which might explain their gross infatuation with under-aged girls.

Mattie
Mattie
5 years ago

I thought that Steve Reich piece was nice.
Better than the Beach Boys, for sure, and more interesting.

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Off-topic, but good news: I now have a proper desk set up, so I can now get back to doing my design work and such! 😀

I just spent 70 bucks and a good hour and a half putting the desk together (with help from Roommates).

I messed up on the placement of the shelves on the side of the desk, so I couldn’t include the cute little cabinet door that came with it, but I just figured “fuck it”, and I’m just going to use it as a shelf until I can get some after-market hinges for it, instead of taking the damn thing apart and trying to put it back together again.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
5 years ago

@Croquembouche, that dragonfly analogy is bloody fantastic. What a clever pile of delicious treats you are! 😀

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