leedsquietman wrote:The younger generation don't seem to realize that Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Eno, 808 State, Frankie Knuckles or the whole Chicago House and Detroit Tech scene ever existed. They don't even know about The Orb, Laurent Garnier, Portishead, The Prodigy or whatever in some cases.
I doubt the majority of our generation (i'm guessing you're about my age - mid 30's) knew about who they drew influences from - Lalo Schifrin (portishead), Meat Beat Manifesto (for the Prodigy), Steve Reich, Cybotron, The Residents, Stockhausen, Varese - how far do you go back? No one's born with an encylopedic knowledge of music history.
FWIW i have nothing against Prog house - i think the production is strong and teh kids seem to like it. Like any genre based music some of it is formulaic but then it's functional - it has a purpose (to make people dance).
I agree there appears to be very little experimental music in the mainstream but then that's always been the way.