RE: electroacoustics - rap to tap

Subject: RE: electroacoustics - rap to tap
From: Paulo Mouat (
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 22:36:20 EDT

Michael Gogins writes:
> Indeed, I fail to see how a person from one culture could
> learn to appreciate the music of another culture if there
> were not something universal in music as such. Otherwise,
> "appreciation" would be pure predatory assimilation, stealing
> really, without the appropriator ever entering into the
> subjectivity of the music of the other.

I believe the "something universal" in music is that it somehow conveys the
impression of purpose. I also think appreciation has a predatory aspect to
it -- IMHO cross-cultural "pollination" occurs because there are certain
audiences that are curious, open and do spend some effort in assimilating
it, not because of a universal "truth" or "value" (i.e. an absolute)
magically accessible and acceptable to all. Music is always a cultural
practice (meaning, it is indelibly tied to a specific cultural framework),
and it is probably our natural interest in transcending our own cultural
boundaries (e.g. the search for novelty) that transports it across cultures.


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