"Postmodernism is everything but isn’t anything...” This actually makes my brain swell because it makes no sense. When we first started “Goon Squad” I spent hours looking for a simple definition for what postmodernism was. I couldn’t even find a simple example of it. I eventually had to go up in front of my class and explain what I thought postmodernism was. So since postmodernism is everything I have my own definition of what it is when involving music. Postmodernism is merely an opinion and is different for each person.
What makes music postmodern? Is it the genre, the band, group or artist? Let’s face it, most of the music made after 2010 was terrible. Compared to music from the 50s-90s we have a lot let downs. See some would argue that a “classic” song is postmodern and a modern song isn’t. Like a song by Led Zeppelin is postmodern but a song by Taylor Swift isn’t. What confuses me is the word “post” meaning “after” and “modern” meaning “present or recent time.” So combine them “postmodern” meaning “after the present?” meaning the “future”.
Yes this concept is very confusing and insane but I guess since postmodernism is nothing you can't really think about it so much. But if music before the year 2000 is considered postmodern, then I would totally argue that all music after the year 2000 is also considered postmodern. See every musician has some type of inspiration or teacher than makes them who they are. Every musician has used an original style and turned into something more advanced or sometimes even better. It could be a drummer practicing a rhythm that’s he’s learned from John Bonham (Drummer from Led Zeppelin) or a singer trying to match the same pitch as Freddie Mercury (Lead Vocalist from Queen).