Re: Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving

Subject: Re: Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Mon Jun 20 2005 - 19:01:28 EDT

At 10:05 20/06/2005, you wrote:

>In a few generations, I suppose the same universities and the successors to
>musicologists who spend small fortunes deciphering and publishing and
>presenting yet another classical-era chamber ditty will lament the loss of
>important original late 20th and early 21st century musical sources.

Or perhaps they won't. Isn't it more likely that the sheer volume of music
available now will make it generally much less valuable and interesting?
There's something rather 19th century about the idea of hanging on to every
last scribble, squeak and drone, just in case someone in the future decides
that it was Very Important.

There's already far more recorded music available than anyone could ever
listen to in a lifetime, never mind manuscripts and ideas which need to be
edited, performed and recorded.

Given these and other pressures I wouldn't be surprised to find a
deprecation of recorded music in general, and a return to music as pure
more or less improvised performance - on the grounds that the rarity and
transience of performance makes it impossible to capture completely, and so
potentially more valuable as an experience.


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