Re: Virtual Concerto


Subject: Re: Virtual Concerto
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 23:36:31 EDT


At 11:04 PM -0400 5/20/04, Eliot Handelman wrote:
>Kevin Austin wrote:
>
>>This is the opposite of the proposition made. Response to cultural
>>stimulus is learned. I meet many people who think that tonality is
>>'natural'.
>
>I don't think it is 'natural', but its immense popularity,
>historically, culturally, pop-culturally, film-musically,
>elevator-musically etc., suggests that its structure reflects
>dispositions that are enormously widespread. Not everything else is
>equally learnable.

I think partly of more than 2,500,000,000 people currently living in
Asia who may feel differently, and the hundreds of millions who lived
before 1600 CE who never experienced 'tonality'. For a sense of
oriental adoption (sic) of tonality, might I suggest half an hour
with the Twelve Girls Band.

http://www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail.asp?sku=1899271

Try tracks 13 and 15 for starters.

... and then there is Bollywood

http://www.planetbollywood.com/

We may find that western european musical influence will wane rapidly
in the next 50 years as the east adopts and adapts western idioms.

>For instance, Beckett makes direct sense if you've ever encountered the
>kind of bleak reality he describes, in which nothing is ever really
>learned anyway. Some people might confuse this with high culture.

Waiting for Godot is a play in which nothing happens. Twice.

Best

Kevin




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