Sunday, July 15, 2007
And, following on from this, Roger Scruton in his book on Culture remarks on the way rock and pop music separates out the rhythm. In classical music, the rhythm tends to be at one with the music. In rock and pop, the drums accompany the music. This point is in the air. It is also made by a character in Ian McEwan's Chesil Beach. Perhaps the depressing sounds of electronic drum beats have started to get on people's nerves. Certainly, I have begun to notice the excessive presence of drums in both recorded and live music and, once noticed, it can never be unnoticed. But could The Beatles have managed without Ringo, The Who without Keith Moon or The Velvet Underground without Mo Tucker? I think we should be told.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 9:14 am