sorry about that. that was tongue in cheek. i said that because Chinese seem to think that. i have heard them say exactly to that effect. i think the fact that they learn so well by route is only feeding their belief in this.
i really don’t think Chinese people think about music the same as westerners do. this is based on much study and observation. music for them is not a mind expanding experience. it is not serious, save for classical musicians.
but it just seems there are too many musicians in taiwan. they can’t all have musical talent. i believe this because i’ve lived in the 4th largest city in the US and i’ve never run into any musicians at the TECHNICAL level of the average taiwanese kid learning piano. in fact, few people that i went to MUSIC CONSERVATORY with play as precise. not only that, the number of people in taiwan claiming to graduate from Berkeley startles me, especially since they exhibit none of the characteristics of musicians that i’ve known (I went to a good school by the way).
you go into the average young(really young, like 19) producer’s house and he has all the best equipment. how? his mom and dad bought it for him. not only that, the TW government is paying producers to go to america to learn. i have this on good authority. the bureau of cultural affairs supported them. america is giving away it’s know how to a bunch of nationalists who wil do everything in their power to make sure that taiwan music stays by the chinese for the chinese.
they just have money and they learn well. they are all hyper on learning. doesn’t mean they are really musicians. it’s just FADISM and route learning ability. that and nationalism (on the part of BCA) pushing them. MHO.
that and of course ICRT’s condescending view of taiwan pop,ie " here is a seminal, groundbreaking artist". bullshit. i try not to say mando-pop and music in the same breath. anybody who does so is being condescending IMO. there is NO COMPARISON between the contributions of western artists and the ATTEMPTS(at present, maybe that will change) of taiwan music wanna-bes. to say there is is both “condescending foreignerism” and a belittlement to western music.
MTC. maybe i look like a snob. but they drew first blood. THEY ARE THE SNOBS.
a little venting here. sorry for the tone. not all the TW bands suck.