"Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them."
- Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices (via volumexii)
"I was just totally alone. Totally alone. So many people had friends or were hanging out, and I would talk to some people but it was a very lonely experience, and hearing Nirvana and Pearl Jam made me feel… positive about shit.. because beautiful music with lyrics about the truth of how things can be not great is a powerful thing. It made me feel like, if I put my mind to it, I could make myself happy. Like I had some help. I hate music where it’s, like, “it all sucks, fuck this, we’re gonna die, fuck you, kill yourself”, and I hate shit where it’s “it’s gonna be alright, everything is just fine.” The most powerful aspect of music is that it can open your eyes to the frustration of everything and give you the adrenaline and faith to go on with the ideal that you can make it better if you do your thing."
- Julian Casablancas, The Face 2002 (via krissypoop)
(Source: binkshapiro, via blue-moon-carol)