Reflections on the isomorph album (cn+en)

self-contradiction
A society that indoctrinates “this is the best”, “you need this”, “this is beautiful” is morbid. And you(I) want to fight it.

Isn’t it simple to fight the Value? A punk chooses chose to refuse consumerism, to enjoy their life, and not to have kids, but they pays other people to get his tattoo done, they wears “deviant looking” clothings that come from slavery factory in Asia, they decorates their leathers with rivet that are mess produced, they buy makeups, dyes, CDs, porns … consumer goods! Isn’t it hypocrite to fight the Value while using actively or unknowingly involved in consumerism? Can they fight the society like this? Is they a true punk? And what’s a punk in the first place? Is it true punk to flip middle finger at everything the society has to offer and live a primitive life in the forest?

And the tools we use to create ART. Pro tools, sound interfaces, instruments, paints …… they all come from a industry that alienate people.

I make Industrial music to render the fears that Industrialization brings forth – with a Macbook Pro, using Logic Pro X. Isn’t that funny? Can I make music without these? Perhaps with a multi-track cassette recorder? or with analogue synths? But aren’t they products as well?

So I’m confused. I’m fighting something while being part of it, is this meaningful at all?


自我矛盾

我觉得一个时刻向人灌输“这样最好”,“你需要这个”,“这样是美丽”,“这样是成功”的社会是病态的。反抗主流价值也许看起来很简单,一个朋克可以选择不婚不育,可以选择躺平享乐,但他的纹身是花钱请人做的,他的皮衣来自剥削工人的工厂,他的铆钉来自流水线,他的化妆品,染发色料,听的碟,看的黄片,无一例外不是消费品。所以我觉得“对抗主流价值”是伪善的,因为主流价值与消费绑定,在不脱离消费的前提下,你无法真正对抗主流价值。或者说,这个朋克不是真正的朋克?那什么是真朋克?刀耕火种,自给自足,才是真朋克吗?

甚至于我们创造艺术的工具,pro tools,声卡,乐器,画材,都来自同样一个异化人类的工业/消费社会。我以“人的异化”为主题写歌,用的却是消费主义的代表–苹果的电脑,甚至可以说,如果没有苹果提供的软硬件支持,我可能都无法完成一样像样的创作。即便摒弃苹果又能怎样?多轨磁带录音机?模拟电路合成器?但这不也是上世纪消费主义的产物吗?

如果你批判的手段本身,都无法脱离那些你所批判的东西,那批判是否有意义呢?除非回到一个以物易物的原始社会,否则一切对抗似乎都是伪善的。

Jun 14, 2021


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