On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM, Neil C Smith <neil@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Perhaps many of those things we've been dreaming of have turned out
On 26 July 2012 20:43, S. Massy <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> I often feel that we now have many
> of the tools we've been dreaming up for the last century and a half but
> are (most of us) too chicken to use them to their full potential and
> prefer clinging to superannuated ways.
not to be so interesting in reality! :)
i've probably used this quote before...
"tradition is a static defense against a chaotic community
and what would we gain by destroying it?" (annette peacock)
when i was 15 it seemed to me that breaking the rules was worth doing for its own sake. now that i'm 48, i'm more interested in understanding the rules, the history of the rules, the sociology of the rules, the anthropology of the rules ... and only breaking them when its clear that "the way we do things" is stupid, anachronistic or just the freakish side effect of some historical event.
music (the ordering of sound in time, and perhaps space) is a *culture* and doesn't really mean very much without a cultural context. throwing away the yokes of technology-past is the dream of a 15 year old. embracing the rules and ignoring the ones that no longer or never did make sense - that's how culture (and music) moves forward.
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