Last week I introduced a new weekly segment called “Is This Music?” According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Philosophy of music is the study of fundamental questions about the nature of music and our experience of it. In keeping with these questions, every week I will post a video or link to a piece of “music” that begs the question, “Is this music?” Playtonic Dialogues is all about sparking discourse so please make a case for why X piece is or is not music.
The first selection I brought to you was John Cage’s “4′33”, an entirely silent orchestral piece. This week I figure we’d look at Scrunk, a genre of music I was informed about by friend and occasional Playtonic contributor Peter Senzamici. An article in The Phoenix titled “Scrunk happens” had the following to say about Scrunk:
It’s called scrunk, a bastardized combination of crunk and screamo, and it’s the hottest thing since sliced bread joined Twitter. Chief among all the scrunk acts performing as part of the punk carnival is Albuquerque, New Mexico’s brokeNCYDE, who have drawn considerable ire from the punk community and have ridden their infamy to #87 on the Billboard 200 with their debut album, I’m Not a Fan, But the Kids Like It! (Breaksilence). To the punk community, a genre like screamo had already hit rock bottom a few years ago, so the idea that a handful of kids would remix lowest-common-denominator screamo with crunk beats, misappropriated gangsterisms, and the extreme garishness of emo fashion was sure to incite hate-filled diatribes.
Here is a video of 40 oz by brokeNCYDE:
Is this a cacophonic abomination or sweet music to your ears?