For sure, I found a lot of "local" talent back then for the standard price of an album ($13-$14,) but my tastes still leant across the pond, so I frequently paid double if not triple to get music from smaller, lesser-known foreign artists. Hole-in-the-wall record shops hipped me to a lot I could get at reasonable prices, but the best stuff still came (comes) from Europe. Streaming services have made my search easier by orders of magnitude.It's a shame, there are some really, really good early techno artists from America on American labels and I was probably finding them more easily and paying less for them in the music exchange in Camden than you would have been able to in the US.
Makes me realise how good we had it for vinyl and electronic music, the were places you could walk past 3 or 4 record shops on one street, get new releases at some, probably pick them up a few months later at the record exchange for half the price, and there was a huge one on Berwick street in Soho that you could get a huge range of weird and eclectic stuff super cheap, got whole vinyl albums for less than a fiver sometimes. And of course all the smaller techno shops would have all the flyers for parties and club nights and you'd bump into some interesting people. I suppose the internet has made it easier on some way but I do miss the abundance physical stores.For sure, I found a lot of "local" talent back then for the standard price of an album ($13-$14,) but my tastes still leant across the pond, so I frequently paid double if not triple to get music from smaller, lesser-known foreign artists. Hole-in-the-wall record shops hipped me to a lot I could get at reasonable prices, but the best stuff still came (comes) from Europe. Streaming services have made my search easier by orders of magnitude.
I've shared this story here before, but after several years of collecting, I had a CD wallet with nearly 300 CDs in it. I kept it in my car, and one day, while I was in class at university, someone broke in and stole it. I was pissed for two reasons: 1.) hundreds of dollars of my purchases were gone, but most hurtful, 2.) they probably didn't even like the music they stole. My CDs (sans cases and covers, so no re-sale value) probably ended up in the trash somewhere, or tossed in the corner of some stoner's derelict living room next to a soiled mattress. I'm over it now, but man, for a kid in his teens and '20s who worked hard to collect all that great music, it was pretty devastating.
I think it would still be very popular. But you’re right that the music is a tremendous part of giving the games their scope and feel and the overall experience would be poorer without it.
I don't think Pokemon would have been nearly as popular if the music hadn't been so good. It's kind of funny. You are fighting a little kid with, like, a single caterpie or something, and the music comes out roaring like this is a tremendous battle to the death against a powerful opponent. It feels so intense. Imagine how dull it would be if the game was playing appropriate music for each match. Considering most trainers suck and you can beat the game pretty much by mashing B with your starter pokemon, it'd be pretty boring.
At risk of making myself extremely easy to find (not that I care at this point) it's about the history of the concept of masculinity, and in particular the idea of a "crisis" of masculinity. I argue that gender studies has kind of overlooked that concept because it tends to be expressed in material terms (that men are suffering or struggling in some way) which is not really true. Materially men are better off than at basically any point in history. But basically, I argue that we are living in a kind of perpetual crisis of meaning and authority caused by the downfall of the patriarchal gender order, and while it's not a bad thing the result is a kind of permanent conflict between irreconcilable moral positions regarding the role gender should play in society.Out of interest, (though you've probably mentioned this somewhere in the past), what is your thesis about?
I'm not very well versed in witch house but there's a couple of albums I got on bandcamp a few years ago you might likeI'm finally attempting to actually finish my thesis after having a breakdown over it a few years ago. As a result I'm basically held together by various drugs at this point, including some anti-psychotics which I probably shouldn't be on but are amazingly helpful right now. As a result most of the music I end up listening to is just whatever is going to most reliably send my mind to the ADHD overstimulation void, which at the moment just means witch house and wave..
When I'm actually working though it's just an In Death It Ends marathon. Actually, a significant chunk of my thesis was written with IDIE in the background. I think it's just association at this point.