Musical Tolerance in the psy scene is important
I’ve been thinking a lot about musical tolerance in our psytrance community after an event last week…
Recently two women knocked at my door. They were spreading the “word of God” and my initial reaction was to politely shut them down and tell them I don’t believe in any religion and that I’m a child of the stars and I have more of a Universal approach to my faith.. etc, but in that moment I realised one should be open and allow people their chance to speak about their faith or whatever they are trying to say…
So I listened, knowing that nothing she could tell me would change my views, but it dawned on me that this was a lesson in tolerance and that everyone has a right to speak up and have their say. When she was finished and asked if I would take her pamphlet, I did. I then thought about how all of us human beings on this planet have to practice tolerance in our daily lives be it religious tolerance, tolerance of our neighbours or simply tolerate our basic differences. How else can we live in harmony with each other? This experience got me thinking about musical tolerance…
Musical tolerance is not about enjoying or appreciating all genres of music!
For me when I hear pop music (especially lately), it makes me crazy.
I don’t understand or relate to the sounds I hear and it kind of pushes me off balance so to speak and all I can think of is how to switch it off. So my musical tolerance for cookie-cutter pop music is very low, I admit.
Creating genres between music diversifies the sounds so we know how to identify what we like and with that comes a whole scene, fashion and a lifestyle.
If we look at the psytrance scene and how over the past two decades so many sub genres have formed, it has also challenged people’s musical tolerance and their opinion of what psytrance is.
I don’t even think I could list them as I don’t actually think I know ALL the sub genres out there. A close friend in the industry said to me he doesn’t understand why there are so many labels within the music, “why can’t we just say its psytrance”.
It would certainly help with our music tolerance.
Who decides on the names of these new sub-genres within a genre, I wonder?
It’s quite common nowadays for people to criticise others about their musical preference and often negativity is created through this topic of conversation. But if music is mainly about how it makes you feel when you hear it, then naturally there are certain type of sounds and frequencies that just won’t gel well with you as an individual – this is when one has to practice musical tolerance I guess, even if it’s melting you to the core.
We’re all guilty
I admit I have been at parties where the music in my opinion was the ‘cheesiest cheese I had ever heard and I didn’t practice any musical tolerance at all – but, I am trying to learn not to be so vocal about my dislike of certain styles any more.
It’s impossible to like all music there is just for the sake of loving music.
I mean kudos to you if you can. But I think the way I felt when those two religious women who were knocking at my door and I had to just be calm and tolerate what I was hearing, I would guess the same energy exchange should be practiced in tolerating styles of music; grin and bear it if you have to, but why ‘diss’ someone’s form of creativity just because those sounds don’t resonate inside you.
I will however openly diss some of the styles of pop music that are played on the radio – I mean WHAT THE F**K !!!! Lately, I’m starting to lose faith in society and this music simply pushes me further into the world of psychedelic trance… sorry just my opinion.
Disclaimer: What I write is totally my opinion, this is not intended to be factual or in no way criticising or demeaning to anyone or anything. This is just simply a blog sharing of my thoughts. xxx
What I’m listening to: FILTERHEADS