Just found this on a very unlikely place — on BusinessInsider:
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, from “A Year With Swollen Appendices”)
I really love the part about the distorted guitar. It’s true — the fact that the signal overtaxes the system that it is transmitted on makes it so compelling. And then to push that and to include the blues singer in it — who is equally overtaxed, yet emotionally. Really really nice.
Just the other day I had posted a video with a great interview with Eno. The man really understands the relationship between culture and humankind.