Saturday, August 8, 2009

Kyle's Audience

This Kyle Gann post on how different people interact differently with different musics is terrific. It's the same general point I've made off and on for years - that through nature and nurture we're all wired differently for our responses to music. The thing about this post is that he begins with that idea and goes much deeper. 

Parenthetically, I always have a negative reaction to someone, a critic or otherwise, stating categorically that a piece of music or a particular performance is good or bad. Another bit of my mental furniture from the Sixties is "Different strokes for different folks". The presumptuousness of categorical appraisals tells me more about the appraiser than the appraised.

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