Another fall semester underway, I found myself sitting on the Cut listening to the familiar electronic murmurings of Carnegie Mellon’s radio station, WRCT. The precocious synthetic hums of distortion were, as always, a little jarring for a sunny end-of-summer afternoon, but give those DJs credit: They know how to make their presence known.
But unlike other years, WRCT had some serious competition in the form of SigEp. Having just taken the Fence, the men of SigEp were vying for control of the Cut. They brought out the biggest speakers they could find and immediately blasted their iPods at full volume.
And I apologize, WRCT, but SigEp absolutely won me over. They flipped through genres with a healthy disregard for musical transition. First, a hip-hop-heavy anthem, then the alternative rock thrashings of classic ‘90s Red Hot Chili Peppers, and later the modern musings of the Gorillaz’s “Superfast Jellyfish.”
SigEp didn’t play anything classical, but the diversity of their music was still terrific. Most of all, SigEp’s music was familiar — we all grew up with it. Students frequently walked by the Fence saying, “Do you remember this song?” and someone would immediately grin and say, “Of course, this was my song in high school.”
Left and right, people jumped into the music and experienced their past. Whether it was from three days or three years ago, students remembered how much these songs meant to them. In the most wonderfully cliched sense, the music spoke to our generation.
And if you blinked, you might have missed it.