Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: David Mooney (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 14:05:23 EST

As much as I admire and have been influenced by Cage and his
ilk, this idea of music free from rules or removing the
influence of the individual from music, in the way that that
Cage & co. approached it, was a highly mental Western thing
to do. I.e., the "no-rules" system of rules were as much a
product of their time and place as any other system of
thinking about sound and music; very much a part of the
practice of music in wider culture and society. This was
also the age of abstract expressionism in art--more
rule-bound no-rules art.

Kevin Austin wrote:
> A historical and cross-cultural look at music as it has been
> practiced for the past 3000 years will show that there are rules.
> Sometime in the mid-20th century a few western individuals proclaimed
> that music could be free from rules, but that has not altered the
> practice of music in wider culture and society.

David Mooney

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