Not sure why people think Rap is such a bad influence... I always smile when Rense gets on this subject... In fact, the whole degeneration of culture argument seems silly to me, our world has been corrupt and rotten far longer than the mainstream media system has existed.
I understand Rap is outside of our generational experience, but I feel this is a case of our parents thinking our music was crap as well... and degenerating the youth etc etc etc....
I mean if you want satanism in music, look at death metal, or don't if you are sensitive I never hear anyone complaining about Cannibal Corpse (great songs like 'edible autopsy', 'hammer smashed face' 'skull full of maggots' etc).
Now, mind control.... yes, music can be used as a suggestion tool, and certain rhythms and tonal qualities can induce a trance like state, and can produce different brain wave activity based on different tempos and scales. However, compared to the power of the visual arts, I would say the power of music holds almost no comparison. I think the mind control in music stems exclusively from the marketing side of the music production system. This includes MTV and promos etc. Now, music in association with visual images can create a synergy that makes both more potent than they would be alone... Imagine the requisite spooky music in a film while a killer stalks their prey... now seperate the two, the images alone will never have as much impact as with the music, and the same goes for just the music, you would not associate it with the suggestion that is desired.
So, yes, I think music can affect the mind, but the effect is untargetable... how do you implant a specific instruction? Backwards masking? Mentioning Satan? The bible mentions Satan more than any lyrics I have ever heard...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atonality he is wrong, and has no clue about atonality it seems.
Nobody would have paid much attention to the motley crew from Liverpool and the 12-atonal system of "music" that was to follow had it not been for an overabundance of press exposure. The 12-atonal system consisted of heavy, repetitive sounds, taken from the music of the cult of Dionysus and the Baal priesthood by Adorno and given a "modern" flavor by this special friend of the Queen of England and hence the Committee of 300.
If there is mind control in Rap let's say, what purpose do songs like 'Fight the Power' (public enemy) or 'Mosh' by Eminem serve (hey I can list a hundred other songs that are about empowering the individual or fighting an injustice)? I mean, what they are gonna have to kill these guys now? Why not just block production of the album? Isn't that little easier? Jimi Hendrix was unfortunately and unknowingly playing directly into the Agency's hands... Acid Dreams spells it out well..
Are there top40 rap artists who sing about killing people and taking/selling drugs or demeaning women? Yes. Have there always been these types of songs? Yes (just off the top of my head, listen to 'Delia's Gone' by Johnny Cash). Are they for the most part remembered by history? Only on those 'hits of 2005' compilations that bars think are the ultimate thing to stock their jukeboxes with.
In my opinion, nearly any band who makes it into the top 40 is crap, and is just marketing bullshat.
Rave? Mind control in the same way that speed metal is... it releases endorphins and adrenalin. Can it or any other music put a specific picture in your head? Nah... but plenty of other mind control technologies can... Can music change your emotional level? Yes! So, again, want to make someone mad at something? Put dissonant music in association with an image of the target... Dissonant music alone may agitate you, but how will it possibly be directed when each of our brains will experience that music in a different way... The color blue means something to one person, something totally different to another. Experience shapes your perception, so how can there be similar widepread effects from an individually experienced sound? With consensus reality, visual perception can be counted upon to impress upon us a similar perception, but not so with music, which may have a deeper effect on us than visual stimulation, but I maintain is only usable for forming vague emotional responses...
Obviously, this just my own take, I am not arguing persay, just have put some thought into this...
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