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If the genres did not exist before, by assigning labels Ishkur changed that, forever. Of course it is full of snarky satire, but truth- and insightful nonetheless. Regarding made up artists, I wouldn't be so sure. It's certainly possible, but the set of obscure artists is immense. Even the set of obscure artist personas of one person can be incomprehensibly large.

If some of the music was just written for inclusion in the guide (which is entirely possible from my point of view since I can identify many, but not all of the examples), how would it be less real than anything else at the bounds of near-infinite obscurity? It would just be another "artist" backed by the same person or collective as the Ishkur handle, just like the numerous incarnations of Bangalter.




to clarify: speedbass was a prank meant to poke fun at folks who are more interested in taxonomizing music than exploring sounds with an open mind.


All music genres have a whiff of taxonomy prank to them, this is not exclusive to the guide. Sure, Ishkur tried to one-up "serious" music publications with e.g. Casiocore. But even there, life experience suggests that it must have independently co-evolved many times, so often that in this case it is even likely that some of those natural occurrences actually involved someone blurting out the name as well. They probably all forgot about it before sobering up though (if the gear is present, p(Casiocore) is approaching 1 with a rising number of drinks).


this is not the case. speedbass was created by terbo ted and a few other folks as a prank before ishkur reported on it (either sincerely or tongue in cheek) but that hasn't got bearings on it's origins as anti-music intentionally messing around with concepts of perception and categorization.




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