Re: Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving

Subject: Re: Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving
From: Michael Gogins (
Date: Mon Jun 20 2005 - 19:52:57 EDT

I suspect our mountains of recordings will be a trove and blessing to future
scholars. I'm sure they'll be delighted. Anything they scorn will end up in
basements and be troves for even more distant generations.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Wentk" <>
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Sent: Monday, June 20, 2005 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving

> At 10:05 20/06/2005, you wrote:
>>In a few generations, I suppose the same universities and the successors
>>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.
> Richard

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