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Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 03:53 pm
From Stockhausen to stock repertoire

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(Anonymous)
Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)

This kind of critique has become so de rigueur of late that I find myself a bit suspicious of it. It fits well enough with today's rock music, but does it fit so well with, say, Britney's new album? I'm not so sure.

Also, you yourself seem to be stuck in a golden bygone age. Only yours happens to be modernism, which finds its transcendental values in experimentalism, newness, convention-breaking - those things that postmodernism banished or bundled into pastiche. The trouble is that postmodernism happened precisely because modernism dissolved into contradiction. Once you throw out convention then that also means there is no convention to break,and things dissipate into randomness, chaos. And when you have conventions that are so tight - like in modern R&B for instance - then the slightest shift can have meaning.


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Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)

But if I'm saying "repetition is over-rated" there's always some Modernisthead ready to quote John Cage's take on Erik Satie: that if something's boring after 20 minutes, play it for 40 minutes, and so on, until it stops being boring. And I just think "repetition (including of that gem) is over-rated!"


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)

Well, for someone who thinks repetition is overrated, you certainly give the pop-is-choking-on-its-own-past meme at least a weekly outing!


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