Are you GENERIC?

There was one sentence in the quotes from the previous post by Ryuichi Sakmoto that has stuck in my head as it has interesting ramifications: “I don’t like ‘experimental music’ that’s only point is experimentation.”

Its an interesting point & perhaps the subtext is being wary of self-indulgence, an important consideration for any artist or musician. But it also makes me think of music that is so intensely genre driven that its only point seems to be to identify with that specific genre. The concept of genre is not new by any means, but I cant help think of the term generic as having negative connotations, as in cookie cutter type sound-a-like music… How important to you is genre?

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