Re: Quick guide to postmodernism ((was: Re: Computer chicken))

Subject: Re: Quick guide to postmodernism ((was: Re: Computer chicken))
From: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz (
Date: Wed Oct 05 2005 - 14:21:40 EDT

At 11:46 AM 10/5/05 -0400, Kevin Austin wrote:
>Allow me to propose that the composers in this discussion select five
>of their recent works and let the list know how they consider them
>"Modern", "Post-modern" or ... This may help sort the wheat from the

I like this idea, though I imagine the pigeonhole debate about to arise. :)

>>[me] The television commercial of today is so unlike those of past in its
>>breadth and depth -- the metaphors, the images, the sounds, the mixes, the
>>references, with layer upon layer of cultural pigment applied.
>Gosh! To me it sounds like they may have read Proust and Joyce.
>>Such density is incomprehensible in a pre-dodecaphonic world.
>With the exception of Charles Ives??

Each are confined to a single medium, and were certainly rather exceptional
and not part of the public/mass, um, narrative. :) Partial precedent can
always be found.

The TV commercial is very different, with written text, spoken word, music,
acting, montage, overlay, etc., and sometimes the inclusion of the
commercial-about-the-commercial inside, with explicit web extensions,
nonlinear sequencing, and sometimes weaving inside completely unrelated
material (i.e., the TV show).

Must go... still reading along, but packing needs to commence. :)

Loved your message <a05210603bf6994e023bf@[]>


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